The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart by John Clayton

By John Clayton

In 1901, Philadelphia's megastar woman journalist stepped off a teach in Blackfoot, Montana, and right into a international of dwelling legends. The miners and frontiersmen, Indians and trappers that Caroline Lockhart met there encouraged this gorgeous, unmarried, strong-willed girl to stay a lifestyles she had simply dreamed approximately in what remained of the Wild West.
 
This is the real tale of a lady whose paintings and existence teetered among realism and romanticism and who wrote novels “like a guy” but ran her companies and amorous affairs like a liberated feminist. Prep-school knowledgeable (she attended the Moravian Seminary for women) and well-traveled (her assignments took her all through Europe), she selected to stay out her passions in a time whilst to reveal one's ankle may perhaps break a girl for life.
 
As a newspaper writer in Cody, Wyoming, she based the town's still-thriving Stampede Rodeo, bought severe compliment from the difficult H. L. Mencken, and observed 3 of her seven novels changed into movies. but she additionally infuriated friends and admirers together with her cantankerous crusades (she observed novelist Zane gray, for example, as “that tooth-pulling ass!”) and indomitable will. during this all-encompassing portrait the Cowboy lady, Caroline Lockhart, emerges as a lady who remade the delusion of the West in existence and in phrases, and who retains us spellbound to this day.
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And she was correct: the world of journalism was desperately seeking attractive, self-assured girls with such ambitions. A newspaper of the early 1890s was far different from what we know today, but also far different from what it had been just ten years previously. For decades newspapers had been bland repositories of dry text, generally lacking illustrations, humor, or personality. But technology and wealth had created a boom in working-class newspapers. Now came tabloid-style headlines, more lurid stories, signed columns, illustrations, crusades, and contests.

As a stunt girl, she presented herself to four private theater teachers who advertised their ability to obtain positions for students in first-class companies. Then she published the article to expose them. As an exposé, the article has some drawbacks: notably, it doesn’t name the teachers. ) But as entertainment, it shines. Lockhart’s attitude carries the piece. She’s bold and self-confident, cynical but amused more than outraged. She indeed already has enough acting ability to pull off the stunt, and in doing so she’s having the time of her life.

Sterling was full of midwestern busybodies, wagging their tongues at the infrequency of Joe’s visits. Now one was trying to pump the girl for information, in exchange for a piece of cake. ” Caddie couldn’t respond coherently since her mouth was overstuffed with cake. ” Caddie continued eating. Joe was a taciturn man, which was part of the old lady’s problem; he was not forthcoming with much information himself. Caroline claimed she inherited at least some of that reticence. “He has no visible means of support.

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