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The saga of Billy the Kid

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First published in 1926, this entertaining and dramatic biography forever installed outlaw Billy the Kid in the pantheon of mythic heroes from the Old West and is still considered the single most influential portrait of Billy in this century. Saga focuses on the Kid's life and experiences in the bloody war between the Murphy-Dolan and Tunstall-McSween gangs in and around Lincoln, New Mexico, between 1878 and 1881. Burns paints the Kid as a boyish Robin Hood or romantic knight galvanized into a life of crime and killing by the war's violence and bloodshed. Billy represented the romantic and anarchic Old West that the march of civilization was rapidly displacing. His destroyer was Pat Garrett, the courageous sheriff of Lincoln County. Garrett's shooting of Billy in 1881 hastened the closing of the American frontier. Walter Noble Burns's Saga of Billy the Kid kindled a fascination in Billy the Kid that survives to this day. Richard W. Etulain's foreword discusses the singular importance of Saga in the historical literature on Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.

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Grouping Title saga of billy the kid
Grouping Author burns walter noble
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-16 15:20:54PM
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author Burns, Walter Noble, 1872-1932.
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display_description Originally published in 1926, this biography tells the rousing tale of Billy the Kid, once of the most well known outlaws in the Old West. The Saga of Billy the Kid focuses on a period of time where two dangerous gangs tore a bloody path across Lincoln, New Mexico. After being shot to death in 1881 by the intrepid Lincoln County sheriff Pat Garret, Billy the Kid became a romanticized symbol of the wildness that laced the American west. Interest in the outlaw's wild life grew after Burn's initial publication, setting Billy the Kid up as one of the finest examples of the loss of the Wild West. As the US grew more industrialized, the stories of saloons, train robberies, and lone cowboys became even more important, and still remain important today. In a rousing tale that is partly truth, partly fiction, read the story that started its own wild frontier in the most influential version out there.
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series Historians of the frontier and American West
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subject_facet Billy, -- the Kid, Electronic books, Frontier and pioneer life -- Southwest, New, Frontier and pioneer life -- Southwest, New -- Biography, Outlaws -- Southwest, New -- Biography, Southwest, New -- History -- 1848- -- Biography
title_display The saga of Billy the Kid
title_full The saga of Billy the Kid / Walter Noble Burns ; introduction by Richard W. Etulain, The saga of Billy the Kid [electronic resource] / Walter Noble Burns, The saga of Billy the Kid, by Walter Noble Burns .
title_short The saga of Billy the Kid
topic_facet Billy, Electronic books, Frontier and pioneer life, History, Outlaws