Baby Doe Tabor

Baby Doe Tabor

The Madwoman in the Cabin

Book - 2007
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Unravels the psyche of Colorado's most adored adulteress
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780806138251
0806138254
Characteristics: xx, 260 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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AnnabelleLee27 Sep 28, 2016

Non fiction. A great book that has become one of my favorites; it changed my understanding and allowed me to connect in a new way with the woman known as 'Baby Doe'. Temple examines Elizabeth Tabor from a Feminist perspective which seeks to give voice and dignity to her while placing her in the larger historical context of her day . Temple looks at how the story of the Tabors was used to further the goals of the teller (a morality play, or a love story, or the fitting fall of a “home wrecker” etc) and how the telling furthered the goals of particular authors as 'historians'. Temple then examines Elizabeth’s writings from her later years in her cabin at the Matchless Mine. She presents the story of Elizabeth's daughters, particularly that of Silver and her tragic demise.

PimaLib_StephanieM Jun 01, 2015

The primary purpose of this book seems to be to deconstruct the genre and scholarship associated with previous writings about Tabor. Much of what Temple deconstructs applies to the myths surrounding many such women. The author is very forthcoming with her bias and how it affects her interpretation of Tabor's story. The feminist and sociological approach to the book is heavy-handed and could be rough going if you're not in the mood. I happened to be so I got through it pretty quickly.

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