|Plot Summary of Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends|
|"A lot has been written over the years about the life of Wyatt Earp, both legend and fact. Barra shows what he believes where legend may be fact and known facts to border on legend or be the fanciful imagining of those who loved the Wild West. The tale begins in Monmouth, Illinois where Wyatt was born in 1849, dispelling any myth of Earp either being born in a log cabin or on a ranch. He was just a plain ordinary boy who lived in a plain ordinary house with his parents and numerous brothers.
In spite of the defunct myths that surround Wyatt Earp this tale swirls with excitement all the way from cow town Dodge City, Kansas to the O. K. Corral fight in Tombstone, Arizona. The gun-blazing adventure finally moves west to California where actor Tom Mix was one of the devoted pallbearers at Wyatt's funeral. Through these historical western locals of Earp's life rides such characters as, of course, his brothers Virgil, Morgan and Warren. Ever present is the dying but delightful John ‘Doc' Holliday accompanied by his lady-love Kate Harony, who was also know by the last names of Elder and Fisher. Wyatt's own love life is included in the neat forms of his first wife Urilla Sutherland, his second wife Mattie of the dubious character, and his third wife the beautiful Josephine Marcus.
Not all the characters presented here were on the side of the Earps. Heading the long list of Earp adversaries are the Clantons and the McLaury brothers as well as Billy Clairborne and gunslinger John Ringo."
Mary Trotter Kion, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- champion of justice
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- 19th century
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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