Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West

Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West

by Chris Enss

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This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West’s most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women by award-winning Western history author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into Western Women’s experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, it will include famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate, as well as lesser known characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493008018
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 204,468
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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's written or co-written more than two dozen books for TwoDot. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Squirrel Tooth Alice Libby Thompson 1

The Deadly Paramour Kitty LeRoy 8

Barbary Coast Madam Tessie Wall 14

The Cosmopolitan Gambler Lottie Deno 25

Siren of the Silver Town Julia Bulette 33

Deadwood Cardsharp Alice Ivers 40

Queen of the Denver Row Jennie Rogers 47

The Twenty-One Dealer Eleanora Dumont 56

A Curious Criminal Case Madam Harriet 62

A Violent Hand Minnie Smith 65

The San Francisco Favorite Jessie Hayman 69

The Evening Angel Gertrudis Maria Barcelo 77

Nebraska's Reluctant Madam Josie Washburn 82

The Redheaded Rival Kate G'Leary 90

The Black Hills Calamity Martha Jane Canary 97

The Hungarian Madam Kate Horony 105

The Faro Bandit Jenny Rowe 112

Our Sister of the Street Florence Mabel Dedrick 117

The Outlaw Gambler Belle Starr 120

Scarlet Ladies in Texas and Nevada Jessie Reeves Cad Thompson 128

The Reformed Spy Belle Siddons 133

Denver's Red Light Royalty Mattie Silks 140

The Loyal Gambler Belle Ryan Cora 147

The Outcast's Friend Rosa May 154

Courtesan of Colorado City Laura Bell McDaniel 161

Mary the Owl Mary Hamlin 168

Wyoming Cattle Baroness Ella Watson 176

Last of the Old West Madams Rose Ellis 185

Bibliography 191

Index 201

About the Author 210

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Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West isn't about your usual Western woman's pilgrimage across the plains: it's a randy, rowdy survey of less-well-behaved female outlaws, gamblers, and other wicked women, and it provides a lively alternative to the usual focus on pioneer homemakers.   During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the frontier, such women led 'wicked' lives when they followed fortune seekers. Their stories have been widely scattered under various headings, so it's refreshing to find a collection of short, action-packed stories of the Old West here, offering biographical sketches paired with Western history and spiced with insights on purposes and people.   Speaking of 'spice', fun black and white vintage photos and illustrations from the author's own historic collection of images and historical libraries enhances the value and appeal of her coverage, making it a recommendation for collections ranging from women's history and issues to Western frontier sagas.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Wicked Women” is a fun read that also includes a wealth of little-known history.  It’s obviously well-researched and written from a point of love of the wild west.  The stories feature a wide variety of women whose stories will have you laughing and horrified, sometimes both at the same time. I definitely recommend “Wicked Women” for anyone with an interest in women’s history, the wild west, or even history in general.  It’s an easy read that can appeal to anyone. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Chriss Enss has put together a spectular collection of  colorful, powerful, and debauched bad girls who romped, gambled, whored, robbed, and shot their way through life in America's old west. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. Complete with pictures, each woman's story is told with a startling, fresh, to-the-point prose. Mincing no words, the colorful life of each woman is brilliantly portrayed. What truly impressed me is the amount of research and digging the author had to do to uncover details and facts of the lives portrayed. Loved, loved, loved this book. It's one that I will always keep on my favourites bookshelf.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an fast read with easy vocabulary and a smooth writing technique. The short tales are entertaining and informative. The stories take place in big cities and in small settlements, they take place in New York and Texas to Wyoming and California. The hardships (& damn good money) these ladies are fascinating, as were their ways of coping. While I inderstand there were not many professions for women in th Wild West, repeatedly reading about madams and prostitutes did get a little old. That said, those ladies had guts and courage. God rest their souls.
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