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William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was the entertainment industry’s first international celebrity, achieving worldwide stardom with his traveling Wild West show. For three decades he operated and appeared in various incarnations of “the western world’s greatest traveling attraction,” enthralling audiences around the globe. When the show reached Europe it was a sensation, igniting “Wild West fever” by offering what purported to be a genuine experience of the American frontier. By any standard Charles Eldridge Griffin (1859–1914), manager of the Wild West’s European tour, was a remarkable man. Known by the stage names of Monsieur F. Le Costro, Professor Griffin, and the Yankee Yogi, he was an author, comedian, conjurer, contortionist, dancer, fire-eater, hypnotist, illusionist, lecturer, magician, newspaper owner, publisher, sword swallower, and yogi. His account of life on the road with the Wild West show, published here for the first time since its release in 1908, opens a window on a vanished world. In addition to line drawings and photographs from the original book, Chris Dixon provides an introduction and annotations for historical context. Griffin’s story of traveling with Buffalo Bill in Europe from 1903 to 1906 presents a fascinating picture of a quintessentially American character. At the same time it offers a vision of the nation on the verge of nationalism, imperialism, and an emerging global mass culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. New Edition Table of Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Editor's Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxvi
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  1. About this Edition
  2. pp. xxvii-xxx
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  1. Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter Table of Contents
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Buffalo Bill-A Sketch
  2. pp. 5-11
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  1. James Anthony Bailey
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Chapter I -1903: Our Ocean Voyage—General Impressions of Old England
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. Chapter II-Summer 1903: Opening of the Season—Accident to Buffalo Bill
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. Chapter III-Winter 1903-1904: Wintering in London—Sights and Scenes of the Great City—A Trip to “Gay Paree,” the Fashion Capital of the World
  2. pp. 35-49
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  1. Chapter IV-1904: Second Year of Buffalo Bill in Great Britain—A Visit to the Potteries—Bonnie Scotland
  2. pp. 51-56
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  1. Chapter V-Winter 1904-05: Again in London—Shop Showing—The Waverley Carnival—Studying French
  2. pp. 57-67
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  1. Chapter VI-1905: Grand Opening at Paris—A Zigzag Tour of France— Disease Among the Horses—Tragedie des Chevaux
  2. pp. 69-91
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  1. Chapter VII-Winter 1905-1906: Marseille, the Gateway to the Orient—Wintering Under Canvas—More Observations of French Manners and Customs
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Chapter VIII-1906: Opening of the Season at Marseille—Tour of Italy, Austria-Hungary, Germany and Belgium
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. Chapter IX-1906-1907: Closing of the Tour—Departure for and Arrival at New York— Impressions of New York After Four Years Abroad
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Official Roster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Programme of Buffalo Bill's Wild West
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. Appendix: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Europe, 1902-1906
  2. pp. 137-153
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 155-159
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803234666
Print ISBN
9780803234659
MARC Record
OCLC
694146386
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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