The Saga of Billy the Kid

The Saga of Billy the Kid

Description

First published in 1926, this entertaining and dramatic biography forever installed outlaw Billy the Kid in the pantheon of mythic heroes from the Old West and is still considered the single most influential portrait of Billy in this century. Saga focuses on the Kid's life and experiences in the bloody war between the Murphy-Dolan and Tunstall-McSween gangs in and around Lincoln, New Mexico, between 1878 and paints the Kid as a boyish Robin Hood or romantic knight galvanised into a life of crime and killing by the war's violence and bloodshed. Billy represented the romantic and anarchic Old West that the march of civilisation was rapidly displacing1881.Burns, his destroyer was Pat Garrett, the courageous sheriff of Lincoln County. Garrett's shooting of Billy in 1881 hastened the closing of the American frontier. Walter Noble Burns's 'Saga of Billy the Kid' kindled a fascination in Billy the Kid that survives to this day. Richard W. Etulain's foreword discusses the singular importance of Saga in the historical literature on Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.


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Details

Author(s)
Walter Noble Burns, Richard W. Etulain
Format
Hardback | 322 pages
Dimensions
142.75 x 210.06 x 23.11mm | 408.23g
Publication date
01 Oct 1999
Publisher
University of New Mexico Press
Publication City/Country
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0826321534
ISBN13
9780826321534