The Wild West in England

By William F. Cody; Frank Christianson | Go to book overview

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book owes its existence to Kurt Graham, the founding editor of the Papers of William F. Cody and the editor of the book series. Heather Lundine at the University of Nebraska Press saw the value of the original proposal and encouraged publication. The managing editor of the Papers, Jeremy Johnston, provided research support and offered critical insights on portions of the manuscript. The rest of the Papers team at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, especially assistant editor Linda Clark, provided essential help in locating and identifying documents and reviewing transcriptions. Key members of that team are Gary Boyce and Deb Adams.

I am indebted to various individuals and entities at Brigham Young University who supported research travel to Cody, Wyoming, and London. In addition to a travel grant from BYU’S Kennedy Center for International Studies, I received support from Ed Cutler, chair of the English Department, and john Rosenberg, dean of the College of Humanities. Both department and college also provided research mentoring grants, which gave me the opportunity to work with a number of excellent graduate and undergraduate students on this project. Amy Takabori, Rachel Helps Meibos, and Ben Miller, in particular, conducted research and provided the extra eyes needed to pore over the hundreds of documents located at the McCracken Research

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Series Editor’s Preface xi
  • Editor’s Introduction xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxxvii
  • A Note on the Text xxxix
  • The Wild West in England xliii
  • List of Scenes 1
  • The Wild West in England 3
  • Nate Salsbury Joins Me as a Partner 5
  • A Bigger Show Put on the Road 10
  • The Show Is Dumped into the Mississippi 12
  • A Season in New York 14
  • An Ambitious but Hazardous Undertaking 15
  • Seeking New Worlds to Conquer 18
  • The Indians’ Fears Are Excited 20
  • “Off Gravesend” 23
  • Some Anxious Reflections 25
  • Our Reception in England 27
  • First Impressions of London 28
  • Preparing the Exhibition Grounds 30
  • Steaming Up the Thames 32
  • Establishing Our Camp— a Queer Scene 34
  • American Methods of Doing Business Excite Favorable Surprise 36
  • Helpful Influence from Distinguished Persons 43
  • Visit of Mr. Gladstone—Private View by the Grand Old Man 53
  • A Hard-Worked Lion of the Season 56
  • Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales 59
  • A Private Entertainment for the Prince of Wales 61
  • Our Opening Performance 67
  • Interest without Bloody Accessories 72
  • Visit of Queen Victoria 74
  • Her Majesty Salutes the American Flag 76
  • Presented to the Queen 78
  • Statesmen at the Wild West 80
  • A Rib-Roast Breakfast, a la Indian, to Gen. Cameron 82
  • The Prince of Wales and His Royal Flush 85
  • The Prince Presents Me with a Diamond Pin 88
  • The Princess Rides in the Deadwood Coach 90
  • Close of the London Season 93
  • Our Tour in “The Provinces” 96
  • A Visit to Italy 98
  • The Crowd at Our Opening Performance 108
  • Presented with a Rifle 111
  • English Love of Sport Illustrated 118
  • Honored by the Mayor of Salford 120
  • A Magnificent Ovation 122
  • A Race for $2,5Oo 124
  • An Enthusiastic Farewell 126
  • A Pathetic Incident at Sea 127
  • Our Arrival in New York Harbor 128
  • Appendix 1- Story of the Wild West 135
  • Appendix 2- Photographs, 1885–1887 145
  • Appendix 3- Promotion, Reception, and the Popular Press 169
  • Notes 191
  • Selected Bibliography 203
  • Index 205
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