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Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill

Eldridge Griffin, C. (2010) Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill. Paper of William F Cody . University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. ISBN 978-0-8032-3423-9

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Abstract

William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody was the entertainment industry's first international celebrity, achieving worldwide stardom with his traveling Wild West show. For three decades he operated and appeared in various incarnations of 'the western world's greatest traveling attraction,' enthralling audiences around the globe. When the show reached Europe it was a sensation, igniting 'Wild West fever' by offering what purported to be a genuine experience of the American frontier. By any standard Charles Eldridge Griffin (1859-1914), manager of the Wild West's European tour, was a remarkable man. Known by the stage names of Monsieur F. Le Costro, Professor Griffin, and the Yankee Yogi, he was an author, comedian, conjurer, contortionist, dancer, fire-eater, hypnotist, illusionist, lecturer, magician, newspaper owner, publisher, sword swallower, and yogi. His account of life on the road with the Wild West show, published here for the first time since its release in 1908, opens a window on a vanished world. In addition to line drawings and photographs from the original book, Chris Dixon provides an introduction and annotations for historical context. Griffin's story of traveling with Buffalo Bill in Europe from 1903 to 1906 presents a fascinating picture of a quintessentially American character. At the same time it offers a vision of the nation on the verge of nationalism, imperialism, and an emerging global mass culture.

Item type: Book
ID code: 26981
Notes: The Introduction and annotations (10,000 words approximately) are based on original research and provide important insights into the second European Tour undertaken by Buffalo Bill's Wild West (1903-1906).
Keywords: Europe, Buffalo Bill, entertainment industry, international celebrity, Cody papers, Italy, France, Germany, History
Subjects: History General and Old World > Italy
History General and Old World > France
History General and Old World > Germany
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > European Languages
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Depositing user: Mr Christopher Dixon
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 09:33
Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 11:56
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26981

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