Dragging Wyatt Earp

Dragging Wyatt Earp

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In Dragging Wyatt Earp essayist Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City, Kansas. In chapters ranging from memoir to reportage to revisionist history, Rebein contrasts his hometowna€™s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard. Along the way, Rebein covers a vast expanse of place and time and revisits a number of Western myths, including those surrounding Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, George Armstrong Custer, and of course Wyatt Earp himself. Rebein rides a bronc in a rodeo, spends a day as a pen rider at a local feedlot, and attempts to a€œbuck the tigera€ at Dodge Citya€™s new Boot Hill Casino and Resort. Funny and incisive, Dragging Wyatt Earp is an exciting new entry in what is sometimes called the nonfiction of place. It is a must- read for anyone interested in Western history, contemporary memoir, or the collision of Old and New West on the High Plains of Kansas.... I emerged from Wright Park and climbed the north bank of the river and saw to my dismay that the river was drya€”no water at all, not even a standing pool, just sand, a tangle of flood-control wire, and a swarm of dirt bikes and dune buggies.

Title:Dragging Wyatt Earp
Author:Robert Rebein
Publisher:Ohio University Press - 2013-03-15


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