Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday

A Family Portrait

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Univ of Oklahoma Pr

John H. Holliday, D. D. S., better known as Doc Holliday, has become a legendary figure in the history of the American West. InDoc 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.



Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780806130361
0806130369
9780806133201
0806133201
Branch Call Number: 92 H724t 1998
Characteristics: xxx, 338 p. : ill., maps, geneal. tables ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: DeArment, Robert K. 1925-

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