By James Ward Lee

ISBN-10: 0875652883

ISBN-13: 9780875652887

ISBN-10: 1417592648

ISBN-13: 9781417592647

For the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled via J. Frank Dobie, the fellow Lon Tinkle known as "Mr. Texas." Dobie's Texas used to be a land of exuberance and romance, a time while Texas used to be pleased with itself and now not loath to allow the area understand it. however the tradition of the country replaced within the Nineteen Sixties, and the determine who changed Dobie because the dominant Texas author and literary icon used to be Larry McMurtry. The Texas of Larry McMurtry is a miles assorted panorama. The previous certainties have been changed by way of irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, huge, and good-looking posture of Texans used to be muted by way of politics, pupil unrest, and struggle. within the first essays during this volume--"The Age of Dobie" and "The Age of McMurtry"--James Ward Lee areas the writers, the politicians, and the cultural leaders within the context of every age. next chapters speak about writers and developments in Texas literature. Lee discusses long-standing arguments approximately Texas literature and surveys our bodies of labor that experience had an impression on it. one other a part of the e-book seems to be at Texas folklore and tradition. "The makes use of of Folklore," "The Folkways of the Arklatex," "Texas: Land of Legends and Myths," and "The Texas Sidekick" all learn the best way Texans dwell and paintings and notice the realm. the ultimate portion of the ebook is made from a few own essays by way of a guy whose principles and attitudes are often extraordinary yet regularly funny. Lee writes of the lifestyles he has led in Texas as a faculty professor and takes a backward examine his lifestyles from boyhood to provider within the U.S. military.

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Moreover, the heroes are dirt farmers who could as easily be found in Alabama or Georgia. This novel, which takes place in and around Perry’s hometown of Rockdale, is often compared to John Steinbeck’s 16 t h e ag e o f d o b i e classic masterpiece about the same era, The Grapes of Wrath. Perry’s novel was filmed in 1945 as The Southerner by the French director Jean Renoir. Perry began his career as a reporter and as author of a series of stories published in Saturday Evening Post in the thirties.

He never won public office and had almost been forgotten as a writer when he died in 1961. Dobie said of House, “he was a poet as well as a historian and wordwielder” (New Handbook of Texas, 710). 17 t h e ag e o f d o b i e House’s history is not taken seriously, but he wrote the kind of secondary-source history that Dobie approved of. Today, popular columnists like Leon Hale of Houston keep the Dobie Texana tradition alive in newspapers. And the late A. C. Greene for many years wrote popular history in the Dobie manner for the Dallas Morning News.

Bedichek repaired to Friday Mountain Ranch at the age of almost seventy to begin his literary career with the writing of Adventures with a Texas Naturalist. To understand the meaning of Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb, it is necessary to understand how Texas was in the 1920s and afterward. The world saw Texas as a raw frontier, an intellectual wasteland peopled by cowboys and cactus. And Texans themselves didn’t always have a different view of their homeland. In other words, they bought into the myth that dime westerns and powder burners and B-movies taught them.

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