About The Book:
Lady at the O.K. Corral introduces a vivacious woman with a magnetic personality who was equally at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and the boomtowns of the Alaskan Gold Rush; in the opulent hotels of San Francisco; in mining camps, casinos, racetracks, and boxing arenas; and on Hollywood back lots visiting Cecil B. DeMille and Samuel Goldwyn.
I was so excited about reading and reviewing this book - I've always been interested in the people involved in the history of the Old West, particularly those who were in Tombstone during the era of Wyatt Earp and Doc. Holliday. So it's with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that I was so disappointed in this book.
While the author does tell the story of Josephine Marcus Earp, the purported final wife of Wyatt Earp, it relies on too many second-hand references and quite a bit of blather about people who, yes - were involved with or revolved around Josephine Marcus, but really had no bearing on her actual story. There was a lot of history to dig through with this book, but the majority of information is about the men of the time, and I would have loved to see a little more about the actual lady herself.
And as to the photographs offered, there were a few of Josephine in her older years, but few of her younger days, and the author includes one portrait that has been verified as NOT being Marcus at all. So that was also disappointing.
This is a great book for a reference to the era, but as far as being an entrancing book about a unique woman, it could have been done better, in my opinion.
About The Author:
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.
I purchased this book for my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.