Rolla, Missouri: Rolla Printing Company, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. 108 pages. Frontis drawing of Bill Wilson, text photos. Black flexible boards with titles in red on cover and small decoration of rider on galloping horse in red. Light wear to cover, binding strong. Some writing in pencil to front endpaper [mostly addresses], rear inside pastedown has some abrasions, white paper tape to inside front hinge, and some soiling to rear endpapers. Text clean, some spotting here and there to margins, binding tight. Good Plus. Item #75267
Bill Wilson was born in the Ozark Mountains of Phelps County, Missouri around 1830, and remains a folk hero in that region to this day. During the civil war he was a "Bushwhacker" participating or leading raids on Union soldiers and stealing horses. He was an expert marksman, and there are many stories of his killing people. The author, a native of the Ozarks, relates Wilson's "Bloody career" through interviews with surviving members of Wilson's family and those that knew him, all told in a straightforward colloquial style. The Clint Eastwood film, "The Outlaw Josie Wales" was loosely based on this book.
Ramon F. Adams, who wrote the authoritative bibliography "Six Guns and Saddle Leather: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets
on Western Outlaws and Gunmen" comments: "The only book I know devoted to this famous Missouri outlaw..."