Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A history of the television program and its celebrity character Bill Cody reveals the mixture of fiction, fact, and hype behind the scenes, and shows how it linked national identity, popular culture, and American history.

Blackwell North Amer
Joy S. Kasson's book traces Cody's rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity," yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of American tradition.
But how, precisely, did that come about? How, for example, did Cody use his audience's memories of the Civil War and the Indian Wars? He boasted that his show included participants in the recent conflicts it presented theatrically, yet he also claimed it evoked "memories" of America's bygone greatness. Kasson's shrewd, engaging study - richly illustrated - in exploring the disappearing boundary between entertainment and public events in American culture shows us just how we came to imagine our memories.

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& Taylor

Retracing the rise of Buffalo Bill from scout to international celebrity, this chronicle of one of the great entertainers of American history explores the relationship between history and celebrity in nineteenth century America and reveals how William Cody exploited his audience's memory of history.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809032433
0809032430
Branch Call Number: 791.84 KAS
Characteristics: ix, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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