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Title:
The writer's guide to everyday life in the wild west
Author:
Moulton, Candy Vyvey, 1955-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780898798708
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Part of the Everyday Life Series, this book will save writers hours of valuable research time and bring a richness and historical accuracy to their work as they reference the slice-of-life facts depicted in the time period. It contains descriptions on the period's food and clothes; customs and sland, occupations; common religious and political practices; and other historical details.


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Booklist Review

This is a virtual handbook for would-be Louis L'Amours trying to tap into the Western fiction market. Moulton has done extensive research into the Wild West era, up to the turn of the century, and alongside the histories of the Indian Wars are descriptions of the materials used to shelter, clothe, and feed settlers, wagon trains, entire towns, and the military during this period. The book acts as an encyclopedia of the sagebrush era, but Molton knows her readership is writers and she spices up some of the more mundane information with a breezy, free-wheeling style whenever possible. In addition, the research is there for everyone to see, as she provides a large reading list at the conclusion of each chapter, and there is even a glossary of slang terms used by westerners. The guide largely fulfills its mission: to provide writers with an environment in which to place their characters, but nonwriters doing research on this truly American era will lap it up just as quickly. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0898798701Joe Collins


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