By James Ward Lee
For the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled through J. Frank Dobie, the guy Lon Tinkle known as "Mr. Texas." Dobie's Texas was once a land of exuberance and romance, a time whilst Texas was once pleased with itself and no longer loath to permit the area comprehend 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 much diversified panorama. The previous certainties have been changed by way of irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, extensive, and good-looking posture of Texans used to be muted via 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 effect on it. one other a part of the booklet 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 research the best way Texans reside and paintings and spot the area. the ultimate part of the ebook is made of a few own essays through a guy whose principles and attitudes are often bizarre yet continuously funny. Lee writes of the existence he has led in Texas as a faculty professor and takes a backward examine his existence from boyhood to carrier within the U.S. army.
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Deep in the Heart of Texas,” as the popular 1942 song told the world. All these changes made the Dobie era ripe for the boom in Texas history studies and a resurrection of all the old-time Texas heroes. Sam Houston, of course, was the great Texas hero, and names like Bowie and Crockett and Deaf Smith and Sul Ross were again on everyone’s lips. The 1936 Centennial Commission of Control named Dobie and two other non-professional historians, Texaco executive Louis Kemp and Catholic priest Paul J. Foik, to the Advisory Board of Texas Historians.
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. House’s “Cowtown Columns” were devoted to oil and cattle and cowboys and western vistas.
94). Of the dictated memoirs of the famous cowboy E. C. “Teddy Blue” Abbot, Dobie wrote, “Helena Huntington Smith, who actually wrote and arranged his reminiscences, instead of currying him down and putting a checkrein on him, spurred him in the flanks and told him to swaller his head” (94). This kind of folksy western writing endeared Dobie to the old cowhands—or Old West wannabes. He celebrated Bigfoot Wallace, Ben Lilly, Shanghai Pierce, and scores of other Old West heroes of Texas. For the most part, though, he had little to say about those Texans who weren’t western but were southern.
Adventures With a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee