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"As a biographer of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, I can only be envious of Victoria Wilcox's telling of his story. The facts of a life so intriguing—and the gaps in the facts—are cruel dampers to the historian, limited as he is by the record. Wilcox pursues the truth in a powerful and moving novel that is not tainted by the legend of its central character, trapped by the documentary evidence of his life, or tempted to ignore history. She tells his story with an intimate voice that is surprisingly fresh and compelling. Here, Doc is alive and his world real—wonderfully so.'" --Dr. Gary Roberts, bestselling author of Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend

"This wonderfully written novel brings together one of the great stories of the American Frontier. Author Wilcox has done a superb job through fiction of creating a sense of time and place and giving us an intriguing look at one of the most controversial figures in the West—Dr. John Henry Holliday." --Casey Tefertiller, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend

"Through her intimate, firsthand knowledge of Doc Holliday, his youthful environs and his living relatives, Victoria Wilcox has discovered and distilled much of Doc's actual history, weaving it in with passed-down family folklore. This firsthand account of Doc's travels and acquaintances rivals other historical novels like Gettysburg and Killing Lincoln. Although much of Doc's life is shrouded in mystery, Wilcox's Inheritance is the best book yet that traces his life, entertainingly mixing known historical facts with educated guesses. It is a must read for anyone searching for a seamless Doc Holliday biography." --Don Weber, New York Times Bestselling author of Silent Witness

About the Author

Victoria Wilcox is founding director of Georgia's Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday.  Her work with the house led to eighteen years of original research and inspired her novel trilogy, "Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday."  She has been advisor and contributor to other authors, has lectured extensively, and appeared on various television programs relating to her work.  A member of the Western Writers of America, Wilcox's writing on the Old South and the Wild West has appeared in such publications as North Georgia Journal and True West.  Drawing on a life-long love of music and theater, she has written songs for Nashville recording artists and authored the musical "Goin' To Zion!" along with numerous smaller theatrical works.  She is currently working on a historical novel about the real-life pirate of the Caribbean, Stede Bonnet.

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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing; 1 edition (May 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908483555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908483553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Wilcox was born in California to a pioneer Hollywood film industry family and grew up loving dramatic stories of all kinds, especially those with a sense of history. As a young woman she developed a passion for the stories of royal families found in English historical fiction, and felt certain she was descended from King Arthur himself and destined to discover the historic Camelot. So she began her college career as a Medieval English History major - admittedly a narrow field in American academia - before receiving a degree in English Literature and doing graduate work in Playwriting. In her professional life she has been a teacher of English and composition on the college level and worked as a technical writer and instructional designer for industry and universities.

A move to Atlanta, Georgia inspired a love of all things Southern and introduced her to a project that would fill the next few years of her life: the white-columned Greek Revival home built by the uncle of the legendary Doc Holliday in the last days before the Civil War. Although the Holliday House was one of Georgia's only remaining unrestored antebellum homes it was slated to be torn down and replaced by a parking lot, so Wilcox founded a non-profit organization to save it and turn it into a museum site. It was while researching the history of the house and its former owners that she discovered the untold story that led to Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

Victoria Wilcox is a member of the Western Writers of America, with her writing on the history of the Old South and the Wild West featured in such publications as TrueWest Magazine, North Georgia Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As Founding Director of the HollidayDorsey-Fife House Museum she has lectured extensively and been a guest on various television programs. Drawing on her lifelong love of music and theater, she has written songs for Nashville recording artists and authored the musical Goin' to Zion! along with numerous smaller theatrical works. To celebrate the upcoming release of the first book of Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, she began a national speaking tour last fall with a return to Tombstone, Arizona, site of Doc Holliday's legendary gunfight at the OK Corral.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Literary R&R on May 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mandy's Review:

Like many Americans, I was only aware of Doc Holliday's reputation as it was taught in classes. When presented with the opportunity to review the first of a trilogy concerning Doc Holliday's life I agreed wholeheartedly.

We're introduced to John Henry (Doc) Holliday while he's attending the funeral of his grandfather. We notice that he has a sensitive side, but one he has to hide from his father who believed that men do not show emotion. Personally, I believe that type of attitude ruins some men, but I know that's how a lot of men grow up. For the longest time, though, John Henry holds on to his sensitive side. I think he began to harden his heart when his mother died of consumption. The hardness began to solidify when his father remarried three months later to a young neighbor lady. Their marriage was so quick by society's standards that it was rumored they were having an affair while John Henry's mother was still alive. Add on top of that John Henry's (seemingly) unrequited love for his first cousin, Mattie.

John Henry was somewhat impetuous growing up. As a child, he was able to get himself out of trouble by using his good looks and charm. I think that may have somewhat hindered his sense of responsibility while growing up and led to some bad decisions.

The book ends shortly after Mattie and John Henry confess their mutual undying love and devotion to each other, but before he met up with Wyatt Earp. I would love to read the rest of this trilogy and get a more in-depth look at Doc Holliday's life.

Ms. Wilcox, who is a member of the Western Writers of America and founding director of Georgia's Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, is a nationally known writer and lecturer on the life of Doc Holliday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kelly on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most everyone has heard of Doc Holliday and the OK Corral...but what most people don't know ( I didn't) is about his young life. This first book, based on fact, in the series tells the reader about John Henry Holliday from the time he was a young boy to when he leaves for Texas as a young man. We learn about his love for his cousin Mattie. He wants to marry her but she declines and tells him that since they are first cousins and she being Catholic said it was against her religion. John Henry's relationship with his father, especially after his mother dies, is tenuous at best. Nothing that John Henry could do would make his father happy but that didn't stop him from trying. The book tells of the large family that he spends a lot of time with, I think that despite his father, John Henry had a good childhood surrounded by his aunts, uncles and cousins. He does get himself into trouble on occasion though. At the age of 19 he heads off to study dentistry in Philadelphia and graduates just shy of his 21st birthday. He is considered not old enough to open his own practice until he is 21. The first book ends just before John Henry is moving out west.

I really enjoyed this story which for me is a plus because I am not a wild west lover...The book was full of interesting facts of the Civil War and life in general in the late 1800's and of a legend in America's history. It will be interesting to read the subsequent books in the series. If you are a fan of the wild west, the OK Corral and the other colorful characters in the turbulent times after the Civil War,then this book is for you!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodland on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I knew next to nothing about Doc (John Henry) Holliday until I read last year's fantastic book Doc by Mary Doria Russell. If I had not read that book I would not have been interested in reading this one. Learning about the man behind the legend was fascinating. Inheritance is the first of a three book series detailing the man. This volume deals with his life from his early years through his run West after he commits a very reckless act.

His early life was dominated by an overbearing father and a sick mother. She had what they called consumption but what was really tuberculosis. (This is where he was infected but they didn't know at the time how contagious it was or how it was transmitted.) John Henry was heavily influenced by his uncle, a doctor, so he at first looked to go to medical school but found himself working for a dentist and found he had an aptitude for the fine work involved so he decided to push for the dental college in Philadelphia despite his father's objections.

His father saw him as nothing short of useless and treated him as nothing more than free labor. Nothing John Henry could do would be good enough. His father also saw any kind of illness as weakness and felt that a person could fight it instead of giving in to so this was instilled into John Henry's thinking - much to his future detriment.

John Henry spent his adolescence in love with his cousin, Mattie. He did everything for her; to provide for their future together. When she ultimately refuses his proposal it rocks his world and drives him to an act that will change his life very dramatically.

This is a very detailed and fascinating book about a truly complex man. Most of us know Doc Holliday as the man from Tombstone and the OK Corral.
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