From Calamity Jane's relentless pursuit of Wild Bill Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave it all up for the dashing Bat Mastersonand learned to regret it, these romantic stories from the Old West are still familiar and entertaining to readers today. Meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid wife of Wild Bill Hickok and learn about the last love letter he sent before being dealt the dead man's hand. Learn the story behind the charming performer Lotta Crabtree's heartaches. And discover the tale of the dashing Kit Carson and his beautiful bride. This collection features the lessons learned by and from the antics of the women who shaped the West.
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About the Author
Chris Enss is an author, scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She reveals the stories behind the many romances of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody who moved on from his career as a scout on the plains to bring the enormously successful performance spectacle of Buffalo Bill's Wild West to audiences throughout the United States and Europe between 1883 and 1916. And she tells the stories of the many talented and daring women performed alongside men in the Wild West shows, who changed the way the world thought about women forever through the demonstration of their skills. Chris brings her sensitive eye and respect for their work to her stories of more contemporary American entertainers, as well. Her books reveal the lives of John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, bringing to light stories gleaned from family interviews and archives. The most famous American couple of the 19th Century, General George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer draws her scrutiny as well. None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead reveals the personality of the fiery, lively Libbie and her lifelong effort to burnish her husband's reputation. Chris takes readers along the trail with the Intrepid Posse as their horses thunder after the murderer of Dodge City dance hall favorite Dora Hand, and she turns her attention to the famous Sam Sixkiller, legendary Cherokee sherriff, but perhaps most extraordinary are the stories of the ordinary men and women who shaped American history when they came west as schoolmarms, gold miners, madams, and mail-order brides.
Table of Contents
Foreword Brenda Novak ix
Agnes Lake: Love and the Pistolero 1
Etta Place: Love and the Outlaw 13
Emma Walter: Love and the Pugilist 21
Lotta Crabtree: Love and the Matriarch 35
Maria Josefa Jaramillo: Love and the Explorer 49
Luzena Stanley Wilson: Love and the Gold Miner 63
Zoe Agnes Stratton: Love and the Lawman 77
Calamity Jane: Love and the Legend 87
Geronimo's Wives: Love and the Indian Chief 101
Eleanora Dumont: Love and the Journalist 111
About the Author 147
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don’t rate or review a lot of books, but after having finished Chris Enss’ latest, I decided it was time to start. “Love Letters from the Old West” is the first Enss book that I’ve read, and I enjoyed her forays into the love lives of some of these lesser known personalities from the 19th century American West. Being male, I suspect that what I enjoyed even more was the snippets of history she included on the men in their lives. By focusing on the women, Enss adds a perspective to men like Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, the Sundance Kid, and others, that one seldom gains from heavier tomes on these figures. All in all, I found this book to be fast, fun, and often fascinating. I think you will, too.