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The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West: 1840 to 1900

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Writers will save hours of valuable research time and bring a richness and historical accuracy to their work as they reference the slice-of-life facts depicted for each of these major time periods. Each book contains descriptions of the period's food and clothes; customs and slang; occupations; common religious and political practices; and other historical details.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published November 27th 1999 by Writer's Digest Books (first published March 1999)
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Robert Jones
An informative look at how life in the Wild West was, but, not quite what I was expecting from the title. "The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West" doesn't really have much in the way of "writer's guide" or "everyday life."

The section under "Gunfighters and Outlaws," for example, in Chapter 17, is a one paragraph summary of the existence of train robberies and shoot-outs, and then a long list of various gun violence related factoids - such as "1867 - Jesse James kills three people w
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Amanda Tero
This book is PACKED with very useful information about the Wild West - things that go beyond the typical Hollywood stereotype. I enjoyed the many original quotes and found that the organization on topics very good.

My disclaimer is that this is a secular book and does contain references to/details of sinful behavior. While I know that people were sinners back then, I do not need to know all of the details. I went through this book with a black pen, marking out what I didn't feel needed to be read
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Alaric Longward
Amusing and informative. Must-read if you wish to create an authentic feeling western.
Erin Bowman
Nice overview of frontier life and social customs of the west. Great writer's resource.
Jill
I think I should get my own copy of this, as it is a great reference book, but I just didn't have time to plow through it all.

Moulton sometimes repeats herself (and you can tell she has a thing for Grand Encampment, WY), but overall the stuff you learn from her is useful and accurate (inasmuch as I've read it elsewhere before) and often amusing. Some of the stuff she talks about I wish she'd elaborate on more, but I guess that's where I should step in and do my own research.

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April
Aug 19, 2012 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wonderful book. Very detailed, descriptive, informative, and entertaining. Perfect for a writer's resource book.
Allison
good details for research
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