According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate, Love of Doc Holliday

Chris Enss (Author)

Product Details

Two Dot Books
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
6.3 X 0.6 X 9.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Chris Enss is a New York Times Bestselling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than a twenty years. She has penned more than forty published books on the subject. Her book entitled Entertaining Ladies: Actresses, Singers, and Dancers in the Old West was a Spur Award finalist in 2017. Enss's book Mochi's War: The Tragedy of the Sand Creek Massacre received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for best nonfiction Western for 2015. Her book entitled Object Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier won the Elmer Kelton Award for Best Non-fiction book of 2013. Enss's book Sam Sixkiller: Frontier Cherokee Lawman was named Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History by the Oklahoma Historical Society. She lives in Grass Valley, CA.


Kate Elder believed her story was worth a small fortune, and Chris Enss proves she was right. Chris has won a galaxy of awards for her storytelling and earned every one of them. As one of the most reliable researchers in the trade, she traces Maria Izabella Magdolna from her birth in Hungary in 1850 to her death as Mary Cummings at the Arizona Pioneers' Home at Prescott only five days shy of her ninetieth birthday. As Chris writes, Kate Elder mostly left historians "only the legend to draw from--and that's a fact."--Will Bagley, bestselling and Wister Award-winning author
Once again, master storyteller Chris Enss has enriched the annals of American history with her blockbuster chronicle of "Big-Nose" Kate Elder, a woman whose life over nearly a century intertwined with such noted Western figures as Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers. From Kate's birth in Hungary in 1850, through her sometimes risquΓ© exploits across the United States, to her death in Prescott, Arizona, in 1940, Kate Elder led a most interesting life, and Chris Enss reveals it all in this meticulously researched and well-documented biography.--James A. Crutchfield
In According To Kate, Chris Enss sorts through the facts and the myths surrounding Kate Elder (aka Big Nose Kate) one of the west's most mysterious figures. Enss constructs a clear and credible time line as Kate and Doc Holliday made their way across the country and into history. This is a must for studies on Kate and Doc Holliday.--Thomas Cobb, award-winning author of Crazy Heart and Shavetail
Oftentimes in western history, the women have been left behind. Fortunately for that history--and for us--author Chris Enss repeatedly chips away at stone, delivering one passionate account after another of the West's women. In her latest work, According to Kate, Enss provides a picture of Kate Elder's life, including her decades after Doc Holliday and the Gunfight at the OK Corral, as she continued to make her own way on her own terms in the bawdy West.--Deborah Morgan, award-winning author in both the western and mystery fields