By James Ward Lee
For the 1st 1/2 the 20 th 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 realm 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 used to be Larry McMurtry. The Texas of Larry McMurtry is a miles diversified panorama. The outdated certainties have been changed by means of irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, extensive, and good-looking posture of Texans used to be muted by way of politics, scholar unrest, and conflict. 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 effect on it. one other a part of the booklet seems 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 reside and paintings and spot the area. the ultimate element of the ebook is made from a few own essays via a guy whose principles and attitudes are often strange yet constantly 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 provider within the U.S. military.
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Graves embodies all the best qualities of the Old Three and is a much more elegant writer than his predecessors. 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.
Perry was an acolyte of Dobie’s, and his 1942 book Texas: A World in Itself, pays homage to the great man in producing much folklore and popular history about the state. The Dobie storytelling tradition exists today in scores of writers and storytellers who either studied with Dobie or one of his successors at UT Austin or fully absorbed the Dobie myth. Most of the state’s Texana newspaper columnists are still writing in the Dobie manner. One of the popular storyteller columnists of Dobie’s day was the Fort Worth columnist, brag writer, poet, and tale collector Boyce House.
Dobie never limited himself to commentary on literature, history, and folklore. He was not backward about making his views on art and architecture known. ” These were heady times for Dobie, for everything he loved and wrote about was celebrated in the years around 1936. He was a favorite speaker at events, and his books, which had enjoyed a good audience since publication of A Vaquero of the Brush Country in 1929, became staples of the Centennial. In the early thirties he attracted a national audience with his articles in the magazine Country Gentleman, and throughout the decade published some of his best-known books: Coronado’s Children (1931), Tales of the Mustang (1936), The Flavor of Texas (1936), Tongues of the Monte (1939), and Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver (1939).
Adventures With a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee