The Life of John Wesley Hardin

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1961 - Biography & Autobiography - 152 pages
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In an era and an area notable for badmen and gunslingers, John Wesley Hardin was perhaps the most notorious. Considered by many of his contemporaries to be almost illiterate, he nevertheless left for publication after his death in 1895 this autobiography, which, though biased, is remarkably accurate and readable.

Hardin was born in 1853 in Bonham, Texas, the son of a Methodist preacher. His first brush with the law came at the age of fifteen when he killed a Negro during an altercation typical of the strife-torn Reconstruction era. In the ten years between his first killing in 1868 and his final capture and imprisonment, he killed more than a score of men in personal combat and became the "most wanted" fugitive of his time.

 

  

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Review: The Life of John Wesley Hardin: As Written By Himself

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Hardin took himself very seriously. This is a very dry recitation of murders and roamings. It may be silly to expect humor or insight in an outlaw's autobiography, colorful movie murderers have skewed ... Read full review

Review: The Life of John Wesley Hardin: As Written By Himself

User Review  - Adrianne Ambrose - Goodreads

You might remember John Wesley Hardin from those Time Life advertizements that claim he shot a man for snoring too loud. (Well who has stayed in a youth hostel dorm and not wanted to do that?)Anway, I ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
The Fight with the Mexican Herders
41
Manning Clements
54
Appendix
135
The Killing of Selman
148
Copyright

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