Billy the Kid
A Reader's Guide
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
Surveying newspaper articles, books, pamphlets, essays, and book chapters, Richard W. Etulain traces the shifting views of Billy the Kid from his own era to the present. Etulain’s discussion of novels and movies reveals a similar shift, even as it points out both the historical inaccuracies and the literary and cinematic achievements of these works. A brief section on the authentic and supposed photographs of the Kid demonstrates the difficulties specialists and collectors have encountered in locating dependable photographic sources.
This discerning overview will guide readers through the plethora of words and images generated by Billy the Kid’s life and legend over more than a century. It will prove invaluable to those interested in the demigods of the Old West—and in the ever-changing cultural landscape in which they appear to us.
“Etulain has a gift for being both candid and considerate in his comments and critiques, a combination that is truly rare in scholarship in general and on this topic in particular. He is, in effect, the gold standard for authoritative, readable scholarship—on Billy the Kid and on all the topics he has addressed in his fifty-plus books.”—David V. Holtby,
author of Lest We Forget: World War I and New Mexico