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Wyatt Earp

 

(March 19, 1848 - January 13, 1929)

 

One of the most chronicled characters of the Old West, many people find him an interesting and pivotal person of western history.

 

He was, however, a self-centered and braggadocio person (my opinion). There are western history lawmen whose life and careers were much more interesting.

 

Wyatt Earp would have been merely a footnote in western history if not for a brief gunfight brought on by a domineering attitude toward all people. I'm (here comes another opinion) tired of all the attention Wyatt Earp attracts via movies, TV shows and books.

 

 

Information compiled by Steve Grimm

Drawing by Richard Florence

 

Books About Wyatt Earp

 

Wyatt Earp's Tombstone Vendetta by Glenn G. Boyer

 

Glenn Boyer has come under attack for possibly using fiction rather than fact. Read any of his books with caution.

 

Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend by Casey Tefertiller

 

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The use of dubious sources, sources that post date the release of Stuart Lake's book and misleading prose, Tefertiller tries to substantiate the Earp legend. However, I do believe that Tefertiller is in pursuit of the truth about Wyatt - even if that truth may not be flattering.

 

And Die in the West by Paula Mitchell Marks

 

This is a good book explaining Wyatt Earp's Tombstone years. This book has all stories and tales from both sides and sorts them out nicely. My only minor complaint would be the lack of footnotes in a few places.

 

Related Links

 

Clanton Gang

 

An interesting web page by a relative of the famous Clantons. Lots of information about the people who made Tombstone notorious. Provides a perspective not often achieved in western history.

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