The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill (The Papers of William F.Buffalo Bill Cody)

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What we know of Buffalo Bill Cody (1846 - 1917) is more myth than man. Yet the stage persona that took audiences by storm was based on the very real encounters of William F. Cody with the American West. This autobiography, infused with the drama of dime novels and stage melodramas that would transform the author into an American icon, recounts a boy's move to the Kansas territory, where his father hoped to homestead, and his subsequent life on the frontier, following his career from trapper to buffalo hunter to Army scout, guide, and Indian fighter.

Written when Cody was thirty-three years old, this life story captures both the hard reality of frontier life and the sensational image to which a boy of the time might aspire: the Indian fights, buffalo hunting, and Pony Express escapades that popular history contributed to the myth-making of Buffalo Bill. It is this movement between the personal and the mythic, plain facts and tall tales, William F. Cody and Buffalo Bill, that gives this autobiography its fascination and its power.

Based on the original 1879 edition, this volume provides a new introduction, historical materials, and twenty-six additional images. It reveals both the William F. Cody of personal history and the Buffalo Bill of American mythology - and, finally, the curious reality that partakes of both.

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"This reissue of a classic account will be a necessary addition to collections of western history."--Jay Freeman, "Booklist Online"--Jay Freeman "Booklist Online "

"The book is loaded with photos, reproductions of documents, and extras about his subsequent Wild West Shows. Cody wrote with flair and needed no press agent to toot his horn."--Doc Kirby, "On The Bookshelf"--Doc Kirby"On The Bookshelf" (02/26/2013)

"["The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill" offers] readers a fresh look at Cody and his famous self, Buffalo Bill."--J. Thomas Murphy, "Annals of Iowa"--J. Thomas Murphy "Annals of Iowa "

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Frank Christianson is an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot, and Howells.

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