Books: With Gun & Sewing Machine

THE EARP BROTHERS OF TOMBSTONE (247 pp.}—Frank Waters— Clarkson N. Potter ($5).

In the legendary West, women are supposed to be out of place except possibly as dance-hall girls. In fact, social historians have built an entire theory of American male behavior (putting women on pedestals, etc.) on the notion that females were scarce and cherished in the old West. The theory is open to question. This book, for one, suggests that, in the West as elsewhere, behind the man behind the gun stood a little woman.

In the case of "Aunt Allie" Sullivan Earp, wife of Virgil, the little woman even had...

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