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By James Ward Lee

ISBN-10: 0875652883

ISBN-13: 9780875652887

ISBN-10: 1417592648

ISBN-13: 9781417592647

For the 1st half the 20th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled by way of J. Frank Dobie, the fellow Lon Tinkle referred to as "Mr. Texas." Dobie's Texas used to be a land of exuberance and romance, a time whilst Texas used to be happy with itself and no longer loath to allow the area understand it. however the tradition of the nation replaced within the Nineteen Sixties, and the determine who changed Dobie because the dominant Texas author and literary icon was once Larry McMurtry. The Texas of Larry McMurtry is a miles various panorama. The previous certainties have been changed via irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, large, and good-looking posture of Texans used to be muted by way of politics, scholar unrest, and struggle. within the first essays during this volume--"The Age of Dobie" and "The Age of McMurtry"--James Ward Lee locations the writers, the politicians, and the cultural leaders within the context of every age. next chapters talk about writers and tendencies in Texas literature. Lee discusses long-standing arguments approximately Texas literature and surveys our bodies of labor that experience had an influence on it. one other a part of the publication 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 examine the best way Texans reside and paintings and notice the area. the ultimate component of the publication is made from a few own essays through a guy whose rules and attitudes are often extraordinary yet continuously funny. Lee writes of the existence he has led in Texas as a school professor and takes a backward examine his existence from boyhood to carrier within the U.S. army.

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Graves is most like Bedichek in that he has devoted much of his life to the study of nature, but he has as clear a grasp of the history of the region he has chosen to write about as Webb, and he is as adept in telling stories about the old days in his region as Dobie. Graves’s career was quite different from the careers of Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb. He has never had a permanent academic base the way they did, though he taught briefly at the University of Texas just after World War II and spent a couple of years on the faculty at TCU during the time he was writing Goodbye to a River, which came out in 1960 and made a great nationwide splash.

The Age of Dobie lives today in many forms—in writers who subscribe to the naturalism of Bedichek, the history of Webb, and the realistic, romantic, and un-ironic doctrine of J. Frank Dobie. The best-known post-Dobie-era naturalist is John Graves, author of the celebrated Goodbye to a River. ” Rick Bass, now living in and writing about Montana, is another in the naturalist tradition, as are many lesser-known writers and ecologists. Writers like William A. Owens, philosophers like Pete Gunter, activists like Arch Fulgum, folklorists like Francis Abernethy, and politicians like Ralph Yarborough all had 22 t h e ag e o f d o b i e a hand in saving the Big Thicket from the timber industry and all readily admit a debt to Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb.

His affinity for the simple narrative of the folktales led many writers who lived in his era to practice a simple style and give a leading place to storytelling. The poetry, which I am not 20 t h e ag e o f d o b i e sure Dobie ever had much interest in, was as pre-modernist as the fiction. Writers who founded the Texas Poetry Society and who published the majority of the work before the age of McMurtry were as simple and clear as the fiction writers. Karle Wilson Baker, Arthur Sampley, Vaida and Whitney Montgomery, William E.

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