Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait

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University of Oklahoma Press, Mar 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

John H. Holliday, D. D. S., better known as Doc Holliday, has become a legendary figure in the history of the American West. In Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait, Karen Holliday Tanner reveals the real man behind the legend. Shedding light on Holliday’s early years, in a prominent Georgia family during the Civil War and Reconstruction, she examines the elements that shaped his destiny: his birth defect, the death of his mother and estrangement from his father, and the diagnosis of tuberculosis, which led to his journey west. The influence of Holliday’s genteel upbringing never disappeared, but it was increasingly overshadowed by his emerging western personality. Holliday himself nurtured his image as a frontier gambler and gunman.

Using previously undisclosed family documents and reminiscences as well as other primary sources, Tanner documents the true story of Doc’s friendship with the Earp brothers and his run-ins with the law, including the climactic shootout at the O. K. Corral and its aftermath.

This first authoritative biography of Doc Holliday should appeal both to historians of the West and to general readers who are interested in his poignant story.

"Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait will be considered the definitive Holliday biography and will supplant all previously published works on the man’s life as a complete and authoritative account. This book will undoubtedly take a place among the foremost books in the Western gunfighter genre." - Robert K. DeArment, author of Alias Frank Canton

 

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Contents

Farewell
5
Birth of a New Holliday
9
Early Childhood
23
The War Years
39
Reconstruction
53
Atlanta Dentist
67
Gone to Texas
83
From Denver to Dodge
101
Gunfight in Tbmbstone
161
Refuge in Colorado
183
The Final Years
201
Epilogue
223
John Henry Hollidays Genealogy
235
Notes
243
Bibliography
307
Index
322

Following the Circuit
117
Arrival in the Arizona Territory
137

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About the author (2001)

Karen Holliday Tanner is the author of Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West History Association.

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