Bucking the Tiger

Bucking the Tiger

A Novel

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Filled with original poems, reconstituted news accounts, song lyrics, photographs, and simulated eyewitness testimony, an evocative historical novel follows Doc Holliday's lucrative careers as a frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional shootist, reinventing the American West icon as a human being who was determined to make his mark on the world. 12,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
John Henry Holliday was an Ivy League-educated dentist from a genteel Georgia family when at the age of twenty-one he was diagnosed with consumption and given six months to live. Instead, over the next fifteen years, he composed of his sojourn on America's western frontier a paean to the ways in which a man might bluff death--and attain a measure of immortality.

In Bucking the Tiger, Bruce Olds uses a pan-dimensional, genre-blurring collage of original poems, reconstituted news accounts, adulterated epigraphs, song lyrics and photographs, simulated eyewitness testimony, fictionalized memoir, invented correspondence, re-imagined folk history--less to restore the past of a figure who in his lifetime was more thoroughly mythologized than Jesse James or Billy the Kid, than to re-story it entirely.

Evoking Doc Holliday's checkered careers as a frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional shootist (including his involvement in the fabled gunfight at the OK Corral), Bucking the Tiger displaces the popular image of the Latin-spouting serial killer with the reality of a human being who, exiled to an emotional and physical landscape to which he was singularly unsuited, strove to make of his self-affliction an expression of sustained, if often violent, art.


Blackwell North Amer
John Henry "Doc" Holliday, icon of the American West, was diagnosed with consumption in 1873 and given six months to live. Instead, over the next fifteen years, this Ivy League-educated dentist from a genteel Georgia family flirted with danger on America's far frontier as he ingeniously improvised ways in which a man might bluff death - and attain a measure of immortality.
Bucking the Tiger illuminates the life of Doc Holliday in a fluid, genre-blurring collage of reconstituted news accounts, original poems, adulterated epigraphs, simulated eyewitness testimony, fictionalized memoir, invented correspondence, and reimagined folk history. Holliday's checkered careers as frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, and professional faro dealer, and his role in such incidents as the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral, spawned the enduring legend of a soulless killer. But as ferocious as Holliday could be when aroused, he was no less passionate in his pursuit of the idea of love, an idea embodied for him in the voluptuous, free-spirited prostitute Kate Elder. Their turbulent, unorthodox love affair is evoked in a haunting, occasionally brutal kaleidoscope of images and accounts that penetrates to the heart of the man indentured to his myth.

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& Taylor

This novel follows Doc Holliday's lucrative careers as a frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional shootist.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374117276
0374117276
Characteristics: 371 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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