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Buffalo Bill on stage /
Sandra K. Sagala.
imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2008.
description
xi, 307 p.
ISBN
0826344275 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780826344274 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2008.
isbn
0826344275 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780826344274 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Setting the stage -- Treading the boards -- Wild times with Wild Bill -- Border life onstage -- First scalp for Custer -- Incidents and accidents -- Sir Cody, knight of the plains -- Rescuer of the prairie waif -- Exit stage right -- Finale -- Appendix 1: character lists and program notes for Buffalo Bill's dramas -- Appendix 2: Buffalo Bill combination's cities and dates -- Appendix 3 : newspaper sources.
catalogue key
6421637
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-10-01:
From 1872 until 1886, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody toured with a theatrical "combination company," offering each season frontier/border melodramas with vague semblances to his varied Western experiences. Though mentioned in most biographies of the performer, these significant episodes in Cody's varied life have for the most part been slighted (though Louis Warren's Buffalo Bill's America, 2005, provides a fulsome chapter on Cody's theatrical career). Indeed the only full-length study of these presentations is the present volume, which first appeared in an underpromoted paperback titled Buffalo Bill, Actor (2002). The present hardback title somewhat revises and restructures that earlier release, which coincided with the uncovering in Jamestown, NY, of a rare billboard for a Cody play (c. 1878). That billboard was restored by 2007, an event that apparently motivated Sagala to undertake the present revision. Well researched and for the most part error-free (though Sagala cites playwright James Kirke Paulding as "Spaulding"), this satisfying study includes insights into the vivid personalities who appeared with Cody, the success of the presentations despite poor material, and the role of these theatrical experiences in the embryonic stages of Cody's enormously successful Wild West Show. Appendixes provide details about casts and touring dates/cities. Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries that do not own the previous edition. D. B. Wilmeth emeritus, Brown University
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Summaries
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Between 1872 and 1886, before he achieved acclaim for his Wild West show, 'Buffalo Bill' led a troupe of traveling actors known as a Combination across the country performing in frontier melodramas. This text chronicles the decade and a half of Cody's life as he crisscrossed the country entertaining millions.
Long Description
Between 1872 and 1886, before he achieved acclaim for his Wild West show, "Buffalo Bill" led a troupe of traveling actors known as a Combination across the country performing in frontier melodramas. Biographies of William Frederick Cody rarely address these fourteen rather obscure years when Cody honed the skills that would make him the world-renowned entertainer as he is now remembered. In this revision of her earlier book, "Buffalo Bill, Actor," Sandra Sagala chronicles the decade and a half of Cody's life as he crisscrossed the country entertaining millions. She analyzes how the lessons he learned during those theatrical years helped shape his Wild West program, as well as Cody, the performer.
Main Description
Between 1872 and 1886, before he achieved acclaim for his Wild West show, "Buffalo Bill" led a troupe of traveling actors known as a Combination across the country performing in frontier melodramas. Biographies of William Frederick Cody rarely address these fourteen rather obscure years when Cody honed the skills that would make him the world-renowned entertainer as he is now remembered.In this revision of her earlier book, Buffalo Bill, Actor, Sandra Sagala chronicles the decade and a half of Cody's life as he crisscrossed the country entertaining millions. She analyzes how the lessons he learned during those theatrical years helped shape his Wild West program, as well as Cody, the performer.
Main Description
Between 1872 and 1886, before he achieved acclaim for his Wild West show, "Buffalo Bill" led a troupe of traveling actors known as a Combination across the country performing in frontier melodramas. Biographies of William Frederick Cody rarely address these fourteen rather obscure years when Cody honed the skills that would make him the world-renowned entertainer as he is now remembered. In this revision of her earlier book, Buffalo Bill, Actor, Sandra Sagala chronicles the decade and a half of Cody's life as he crisscrossed the country entertaining millions. She analyzes how the lessons he learned during those theatrical years helped shape his Wild West program, as well as Cody, the performer.
Main Description
Stunning photographs document "Buffalo Bill" Cody's early years as he led a troupe of traveling actors performing in frontier melodramas across the country.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Stagep. 7
Treading the Boardsp. 17
Wild Times with Wild Billp. 43
Border Life Onstagep. 61
First Scalp for Custerp. 77
Incidents and Accidentsp. 101
Sir Cody, Knight of the Plainsp. 123
Rescuer of the Prairie Waifp. 147
Exit Stage Rightp. 167
Finalep. 191
Character Lists and Program Notes for Buffalo Bill's Dramasp. 205
Buffalo Bill Combination's Cities and Datesp. 226
Newspaper Sourcesp. 247
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 301
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