Author Ron Hansen has tackled some of the most iconic stories of the American Old West. His novel about the murder of outlaw Jesse James was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. In his new book, "The Kid," Hansen takes on one of the most prominent figures of western mythology -- Billy the Kid. Hansen, a professor at Santa Clara University, joins us to talk about "The Kid," western mythology and his approach to historical fiction.
Ron Hansen on Billy The Kid and Writing Historical Fiction
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Ron Hansen, author, "The Kid: A Novel"; Gerard Manlye Hopkins S.J. professor, Santa Clara University