Karen Jones is a professor at the University of Kent. Her previous publications include Wolf Mountains: A History of Wolves Along the Great Divide, The Invention of the Park, and Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West.
There can be pretty much no reference to Calamity Jane that this diligent researcher does not find space to note: the Beano character 'Calamity James'; My Little Pony's 'Calamity Mane'; ' Calamity Jane Kennedy' in the Devon-set BBC comedy drama The Coroner. -Sam Leith, Spectator Jones's purpose is not to winnow fact from fancy but to parse how frontier celebrity was made in the overlaps among life, performance and invention. -Christine Bold, Times Literary Supplement In this vivid and compelling biography, Karen Jones recovers the remarkable creativity of Martha Jane Canary, who helped to invent the mythic West by reinventing herself. As Calamity Jane, she told wild tales of adventure and blurred the lines between legend and history, male and female, and truth and possibility. -Alan Taylor, author of The Internal Enemy Tells a great story. Lively, engaging, and timely, Calamity is guaranteed to thrill and entertain in the mode of its sensational subject. -Rachel Adams, author of Sideshow U.S.A. This lucid and lively book offers an absorbing portrayal of a remarkable woman in the American West. -Sarah M. S. Pearsall, author of Atlantic Families A fast-paced tour through a Western landscape populated with memorable characters, many of them long-forgotten. -Laura Browder, author of Her Best Shot