is that of Claude Dallas, a self- created buckaroo and Marlboro Man wannabe. Dallas is a character whom Bergon imaginatively drew upon in his novel Wild Game (1995) and reveals here in all of his demythologized pitifulness. Bergon draws a line from Dallas to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff , all a part of what he calls “Marlboro Country in confl ict with itself ” (185). Th e second image is of the real Marlboro Man, Darrell Winfi eld, another character with whom Bergon enjoyed a personal connection via the working cowboy life in the San Joaquin Valley. Bergon delivered the eulogy at Winfi eld’s funeral, and he clarifi es the often clouded elements of Winfi eld’s life, including his evolution as the Marlboro Man. Bergon also explores the relationship between Winfi eld and Marlboro, between the cowboy and the corporation, a relationship that Winfi eld managed to control to a great extent. If there is authenticity in all of this mythmaking, Bergon suggests, it lies in Darrell Winfi eld, who embodied “the spirit that lives in the West” (227). And in Two- Buck Chuck and Th e Marlboro Man Bergon creates an expansive and persistently engaging study of
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Feb 5, 2020
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