Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill


Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill

Charles Eldridge Griffin
Edited and with an introduction by Chris Dixon

The Papers of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody Series

200 pages
34 illustrations, 1 appendix


October 2010


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About the Book

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was the entertainment industry’s first international celebrity, achieving worldwide stardom with his traveling Wild West show. For three decades he operated and appeared in various incarnations of “the western world’s greatest traveling attraction,” enthralling audiences around the globe. When the show reached Europe it was a sensation, igniting “Wild West fever” by offering what purported to be a genuine experience of the American frontier.
By any standard Charles Eldridge Griffin (1859–1914), manager of the Wild West’s European tour, was a remarkable man. Known by the stage names of Monsieur F. Le Costro, Professor Griffin, and the Yankee Yogi, he was an author, comedian, conjurer, contortionist, dancer, fire-eater, hypnotist, illusionist, lecturer, magician, newspaper owner, publisher, sword swallower, and yogi. His account of life on the road with the Wild West show, published here for the first time since its release in 1908, opens a window on a vanished world. In addition to line drawings and photographs from the original book, Chris Dixon provides an introduction and annotations for historical context. Griffin’s story of traveling with Buffalo Bill in Europe from 1903 to 1906 presents a fascinating picture of a quintessentially American character. At the same time it offers a vision of the nation on the verge of nationalism, imperialism, and an emerging global mass culture.

Author Bio

Chris Dixon is a senior research fellow in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.


“This edition of Charles Griffin’s memoir offers a singular perspective on the international mass entertainment spectacle that was Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Griffin’s travel narrative helps account for the extraordinary appeal of the Wild West mythology among European audiences, offering details about “Buffalo Bill” Cody, his business operation, and its cultural context unavailable anywhere else. As an authentic reproduction, with the benefit of Dixon’s extensive research, this edition will be a key resource for scholars while also appealing to a more general audience.”—Frank Christianson, editor of the forthcoming edition, The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill

"Although Griffin was an amazing man in his own right, his book is most important because he explores the European culture that eagerly sought Buffalo Bill's presentation of the story of America's Wild West and he lets the reader experience the European setting in which the performances played out."—Loren Pospisil, Nebraska History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   000

Series Editor's Preface 000

Introduction      000

About this Edition      000

Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill    000

I. 1903

II. Summer 1903

III. Winter 1903<EN>1904

IV. 1904

V. Winter 1904<EN>1905

VI. 1905

VII. Winter 1905<EN>1906

VIII. 1906

IX. 1906<EN>1907

Official Roster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Programme of Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Appendix: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Europe, 1902<EN>1906

Notes to Introduction   000

Bibliography      000

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