A Pair of Shootists: The Wild West Story of S. F. Cody and Maud Lee

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-10
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

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In 1888, Samuel F. Cody, a twenty-one-year-old horse wrangler, met Maud Lee, a sixteen-year-old aspiring circus performer, while touring with the Wild West show cast of Adam Forepaugh's Circus. A quick rapport developed between the girl from Norristown, Pennsylvania, and the cowboy who dazzled audiences with his good looks and fancy pistol shooting. A Pair of Shootists is the exuberant and sometimes heartbreaking story of the elusive S. F. Cody and his first wife, Maud Lee. Recounting their many dramatic exploits, this biography also overturns the frequently romanticized view of Wild West shows.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Advent of the Sharpshooters, 1870s-1882p. 3
The Birth of the Wild West Show, 1883-1887p. 18
S. F. Cody and Maud, 1888p. 25
Oklahoma, 1889p. 43
Great Britain, 1890-1891p. 51
King of the Cowboys and Queen of the Lady Rough Riders, 1892-1895p. 77
Arena to Stage, 1896-1900p. 92
Kites and Buffalo, 1899-1902p. 106
Cast to the Wind, 1903p. 113
Heights and Depths, 1904-1908p. 139
Solo Flights, 1908-1913p. 150
Legacies, 1913-1947p. 162
Afterwordp. 176
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 205
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