Adventures With a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee PDF

By James Ward Lee

For the 1st half the 20 th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled by means of 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 used to be pleased with itself and no longer loath to allow the realm are aware of it. however the tradition of the kingdom 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 previous certainties have been changed through irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, extensive, and good-looking posture of Texans was once muted by means of politics, pupil unrest, and warfare. 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 booklet appears to be like 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 realm. the ultimate part of the publication is made of a few own essays through a guy whose principles and attitudes are often extraordinary yet consistently funny. Lee writes of the lifestyles 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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He divided his time for several years between banking and working in alumni affairs for the university. By the mid-thirties, John Lomax was a fulltime lecturer and folksong collector and editor. His discovery of Huddie Ledbetter on a Louisiana prison farm led him and his son Alan to manage the career of the African-American singer called “Leadbelly” as well as to undertake folklore research and collecting for the Archive of American Folksong. The Lomaxes, using old aluminum discs and a cumbersome recording machine, captured some of the famous black singers of the era as well as Cajun songs and other southern music.

After all, Oveta Culp Hobby, whose husband had been a Democratic governor and whose son was to serve for more than a decade as lieutenant governor, had come out for Eisenhower in 1952 and was made the first secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Governor Alan Shivers, elected as a Democrat, led the “Shivercrats” into the Eisenhower camp against Adlai Stevenson. Most people were pretty clear that the Democrats in Texas were not heavily committed to the national party. During the fifties, the liberals saw as their enemies Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson.

After Spindletop, oil derricks sprang up all over Texas. The names of the strikes have entered Texas mythology: Kilgore, Burkburnett, Corsicana, Ranger, the Permian Basin. The prevailing view was that Texas was on the move and had little time for reflection. By 7 t h e ag e o f d o b i e the 1920s, Hollywood was turning Texas into the land of the cowboy, the rustler, the stagecoach bandit, and the steely-eyed lawman. Don Graham, the J. Frank Dobie Professor of English at the University of Texas, in his study of westerns, Cowboys and Cadillacs, shows how Hollywood taught Texas and the world to see the Lone Star State.

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