Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

Karen R Jones (Author)
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Martha Jane Canary, popularly known as Calamity Jane, was the pistol-packing, rootin' tootin' "lady wildcat" of the American West. In this engaging account, Karen Jones takes a fresh look at the story of this iconic frontierswoman--and her role in the making of the myth that was Calamity Jane.

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Yale University Press
Publish Date
February 04, 2020
6.5 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.6 pounds
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About the Author

Karen Jones is a professor at the University of Kent. Her previous publications include Wolf Mountains: A History of Wolves Along the Great Divide, The Invention of the Park, and Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West.


"In this vivid and compelling biography, Karen Jones recovers the remarkable creativity of Martha Jane Canary, who helped to invent the mythic West by reinventing herself. As Calamity Jane, she told wild tales of adventure and blurred the lines between legend and history, male and female, and truth and possibility."--Alan Taylor, author of The Internal Enemy
"Tells a great story. Lively, engaging, and timely, Calamity is guaranteed to thrill and entertain in the mode of its sensational subject."--Rachel Adams, author of Sideshow U.S.A.
"This lucid and lively book offers an absorbing portrayal of a remarkable woman in the American West."--Sarah M. S. Pearsall, author of Atlantic Families
"A fast-paced tour through a Western landscape populated with memorable characters, many of them long-forgotten." --Laura Browder, author of Her Best Shot