Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp

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HarperCollins, Mar 5, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner is the definitive biography of a Jewish girl from New York who won the heart of Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years, she was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp: hero of the O.K. Corral and the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, Ann Kirschner, author of the acclaimed Sala's Gift, brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her tale: a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and devotion. Reflective of America itself, her story brings us from the post–Civil War years to World War II, and from New York to the Arizona Territory to old Hollywood.

In Lady at the O.K. Corral, you’ll learn how this aspiring actress and dancer—a flamboyant, curvaceous Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent—landed in Tombstone, Arizona, and sustained a lifelong partnership with Wyatt Earp, a man of uncommon charisma and complex heroism.

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User Review  - bogopea - LibraryThing

Well-researched and meticulously written story about Wyatt Earp's third and last common law wife. It's more then just Tombstone. It's 50 years of desert and tents and icebergs and 24-hour sun; family ... Read full review

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User Review  - HarrietRochlin - LibraryThing

With a passion for research and documentation and an engaging flair for prose, Ann Kirschner has composed a biography of Josephine Marcus Earp that is as thoroughly organized and cited as it is a ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Ann Kirschner is university dean of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. She began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University, where she earned her PhD. A writer of wide-ranging interests, she is the author of Sala's Gift and an innovator in education, media, and technology. She lives in New York City with her family.

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