Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell

By Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning writer of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly distinctive and meticulously researched historic novel keeps the tale she begun in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and document Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight on the O.K. Corral.

A deeply divided kingdom. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed via part the population. Smuggling and gang conflict alongside the Mexican border. Armed voters keen to face their floor and take legislation into their very own hands…

That was once the United States in 1881.

All these forces got here to undergo at the afternoon of October 26 whilst document Holliday and the Earp brothers confronted off opposed to the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. it may were an easy misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, 3 officials have been wounded and 3 voters lay useless within the dirt.

Wyatt Earp used to be the final guy status, the single one unscathed. The lies begun sooner than the smoke cleared, however the gunfight on the O.K. Corral could quickly develop into primary to American ideals concerning the previous West.

Epitaph tells Wyatt's genuine tale, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried below one hundred thirty years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to truth. Epic and intimate, this novel supplies voice to the genuine women and men whose lives have been replaced endlessly by way of these deadly thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its center is the lady in the back of the parable: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who enjoyed Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who rigorously chipped away on the fact until eventually she had crafted the heroic legend that might turn into the epitaph her husband deserved.

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There was the anecdote known throughout the trade about Fitz-James O'Brien's marching outside the massive Harper building holding a sign, I AM ONE OF HARPERS’ AUTHORS. I AM STARVING, until the Harpers would agree to pay him what he was owed. 83 that they had paid in advance to Mr. Melville for his queer sea tale, Moby-Dick, or The Whale. To the Harper brothers, publishing was power. It was a power that had reached a crescendo in the 1840s when the eldest of the quartet, James Harper, became mayor of New York City as part of the anti-Catholic Native Party.

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