Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: About Deadwood and DEADWOOD DICK

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 13 Jun 2005

A small contribution:
"Deadwood Dick on Deck; or, Calamity Jane, The Heroine of Whoop-Up," by Edward L. Wheeler, was rereleased a few decades back, in a package with "Seth Jones; or, The Captives of the Frontier" (by Edward S. Ellis)--Philip Durham edited the book. I believe this particular DD novel dates to the 1880s (I could tell you exactly, but mine is packed away), and the Seth Jones to 1861. Deadwood Dick was a black gunslinger, but of course you knew that? There's also a Dover Books single-volume edition
(1974) of 8 different nineteenth-century dime novels, one of which features our lovable chum. If you go to & do a keyword search for deadwood dick, a number of books will come up, including some of the original c19 titles. As far as I know, "Edward L. Wheeler" was no pseudonym, but I could easily be wrong. Halloway House, by the way, that great 1960s "sleaze" publisher, did a bunch of DD books in the 1960s, but I don't know if they were new ones hired out, or old ones reprinted. If they WERE farmed out--imagine Robert Beck (Iceberg Slim) writing a DD book!

Best, Rob

--- "E.Borgers" <> wrote:

> I'm interested to know some basics about the
> DEADWOOD DICK series, like:
> -author?- was it a multi-pen work?
> -period of publication (I guess it started not very
> long after the 1870s)?
> -approx. how long was it published (seems to have
> been very popular at
> the time)
> -central character: was he a historical figure, or
> based on one, or just
> a fictional one?
> >From what you know of the TV serial, could this
> dime novels series
> have had some influence on the scripts of "Deadwood"
> the TV series ?
> (not sure this last question makes sense).

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