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I Married Wyatt Earp: The Recollections of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp Paperback – August, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816505837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816505838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was glued to this book.
P. E. Morton
Her memoirs provide an intimate and personal view of Wyatt Earp that few readers interested in the West should do without.
Wayne Collier
I find this book to be an easy and very interesting read.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Collier on January 15, 1999
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Wyatt Earp assumes another personna in these memoirs by his wife, Jospehine Sarah Marcus Earp. She recites a loving memory of a wise and skillful man with whom she wandered the West for half a century seeking adventure and riches; an odyssey by an itinerant "boomer" and his wife that while not always successful, included exciting adventures in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado and Idaho. Here Josephine reveals a Wyatt Earp unlike the mythical figure created by Stuart lake, the brooding and deceitful soul depicted by Frank Waters, or the vitriolic portrait of a scoundrel presented by Ed Bartholomew. Due to poor scholarship, biases, or misinformation, it is difficult, at this late date, to rescue the real Wyatt Earp from the dusty layers of time. In this book, Josephine Earp makes a valiant and largely successful effort to do so.
Josephine has a sure grasp of most of the undercurrents surrounding Wyatt's life and times. Her Wyatt Earp emerges as a western jack-of-all trades: a part-time lawman, part-time gambler, part-time prospector, part-time race horse manager, part-time boxing referee, and part-time conman. Wyatt and Josephine mingled with the wealthy, with noted gunmen. with literary figures, with movies stars, with crooks, and with plain folks.
When Wyatt was young he was undoubtedly a showman but so were many of his contemporaries. A reputation for toughness was always helpful on the frontier and opened many doors for the ambitious Wyatt Earp who often practiced the art of "embellishment" as a helpful adjunct for survival in whatever trade he undertook. He made many enemies and a few close friends during his life.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Jones on September 23, 2009
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While it's obvious that Josie was firm in her portrayal of her husband...this book is a prize in my collection. Chalk full of information not found in other volumes. I felt much closer to having "been there" when I finally put this book down...so much so...that I will read it or portions of it again and again! Excellent!!!
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By randy rankin on May 8, 2001
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"I Married Wyatt Earp" is not for those who are looking for a "shoot 'em up" historical biography. In fact the famed O.K. Corral gunfight is just a small portion of this book. However, if you are looking for incredible insight to what made Wyatt tick, what made Josie tick, what life was like during their era, and a very easy read then this is the book for you! Mr. Boyer is the only "historian/novelist" to have actually vistied with and received his information from the Earp family and friends as well as Josephine's family. This gives him an incredible edge over other so-called Earp historians and that is why anyone interested in the Earps needs to read this book and any other book in which Mr. Boyer graces us with.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. E. Morton on October 7, 2007
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I was glued to this book. I even read all of the research notes. This was truly a remarkable work of history and a great perspective on an event that has been over dramatized and blown out of such proportion by Hollywood.
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Coleman on November 2, 2004
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This is a highly controversial book, though as many reviewers before me have noted; it's hard to tell why. Review readers influenced by such stale criticisms as that the author faked his research (criticisms without a basis in fact) should read the above publisher's statement about what the book is. It traces the genesis of such unjustified criticisms.

At the time the book was released, it was correctly recognized by the Univ. of Arizona. Press as the most heavily documented book of the kind they had ever published. This has not changed. Further, the major documentary sources of the book are all in the special collections of Univ. of Arizona library.

This book is exactly what it appears to be - a memoir of a remarkable frontier woman who, moreover, was the mistress of the leaders on both sides of an unparalleled feud that led to widespread bloodshed in southeastern Arizona. She was, in fact, as the author comments, a sort of Helen of Troy of Tombstone in that her defection from the sheriff to Wyatt Earp was responsible for the sheriff's frantic efforts to even the score by trying to railroad the Earps to prison or the gallows for the public service they performed, known today as the gunfight at the o.k. corral. He did not succeed.

He did succeed in hounding them out of the territory, however, which seems to have founded an M.O. that many subsequent sheriffs have followed. Sheriff john slaughter appointed himself judge, jury and executioner and bad guys fled, sheriff harry wheeler, ran thousands of union men out of the county, a recent sheriff, with somewhat more justice, frightened a troublemaking religious sect out of the county.

By any measure, Josie Earp's memoir is worth reading.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daria Fedyshyn on December 28, 2010
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After reading this book, I couldn't figure out what was fact and what was fiction. I was hoping to get a sense of something more about the man, but I
understand that she was trying to protect him and his memory. I love reading books of the Old West, but this one disappointed me in a way. It would be
something if a book came out telling the truth of Wyatt Earp...I'd buy it in a second.
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