Synopses & Reviews
The biggest collection of writing about Texas yet assembled. A VAST LAND combining the West, the South, and the Border, small dusty towns and gleaming modern cities. Texas has a history and identity all its own, and a mythology bigger than the Lone Star State itself. In this anthology. Don Graham has rounded up a comprehensive collection of writings that provides an overview of the diversity and excellence of Texas literature and reveals its vital contribution to America's literary landscape: from early accounts of life on the wild frontier told by the likes of Andy Adams and J. Frank Dobie to contemporary fiction by such well-known Texan authors as Larry McMurtry and Sandra Cisneros, as well as recent nonfiction by Molly Ivins, Mary Karr, Robert Caro, and Kinky Friedman. The result is a sometimes rowdy, always artful panorama of fable and truth, humor and pathos--all growing out of the state that continues to stimulate the collective imagination like no other.
Begins with a clear-headed account of an 1880s trail drive....[and] flows like a river [from there]. (San Antonio Express-News, Steve Bennett, 28 September 2003)
In this anthology, Graham has rounded up a comprehensive collection of writings that provides an overview of the diversity and excellence of Texas literature and reveals its vital contribution to America's literary landscape.
Table of Contents
A dry drive / Andy Adams -- Headed for the setting sun / James Emmit McCauley -- from Adventures of a ballad hunter / John A. Lomax -- Art and the bronco / O. Henry -- The stone ranch / Sallie Reynolds Matthews -- The Texans touch the plains / Walter Prescott Webb -- Graveyard of the cowman's hopes / J. Evetts Haley -- from The wind / Dorothy Scarborough -- The bride / Hallie Crawford Stillwell -- from My first thirty years / Gertrude Beasley -- Bogged shadows / J. Frank Dobie -- The girl at Cabe Ranch / A.C. Greene -- The last running / John Graves -- I'm bound to follow the longhorn cows / Dave Hickey -- The grave / Katherine Anne Porter -- Hold autumn in your hand / George Sessions Perry -- from Adventures with a Texas naturalist / Roy Bedichek -- Hangerman John / William A. Owens -- from No quittin' sense / C.C. White -- A voice from the woods / William Humphrey -- The way it was, Southeast Texas, 1915 / Bill Brett -- The sad irons / Robert A. Caro -- The saviour of the bees / Robert Flynn -- The school bus / Mary Ladd Gavell -- from Southwest / John Houghton Allen -- The hammon and the beans / Amâerico Peredes -- Exile / Benjamin Alire Sâaenz -- An El Paso idyll / Pat Carr -- Peace Grove / Ray Gonzalez -- The death mask of Pancho Villa / Dagoberto Gilb -- North of the big river / Elmer Kelton -- Commerce Street / Jim Sanderson -- The portrait / Toâmas Rivera -- The gulf oil-can Santa Claus / Rolando Hinojosa-Smith -- Whores / James Crumley -- from The last picture show / Larry McMurtry -- A guide to some small border airports / Peter LaSalle -- La fabulosa : a Texas operetta / Sandra Cisneros -- from The gay place / Billy Lee Brammer -- from Strange peaches / Edwin Shrake -- Something happens / Lawrence Wright -- Who was Jack Ruby? / Gary Cartwright -- How I solved the Kennedy assassination / Joe Bob Briggs -- I bought a little city / Donald Barthelme -- Redfish / Rick Bass -- Bad girls / Harryette Mullen -- The battle of the Alamo / Rafael Castillo -- from A prince of a fellow / Shelby Hearon -- My brother is a cowboy / Carolyn Osborn -- The scapegoat / James Hoggard -- A train to catch / Clay Reynolds -- Tomorrow we smile / Naomi Shihab Nye -- Family and food / Betsy Berry -- Leaping Leo / Pat Ellis Taylor -- from The liars' club / Mary Karr -- Playing cowboy / Larry L. King -- The ballad of the urban cowboy / Aaron Latham -- Metamorphosis no. 5 / Don Webb -- What Texas means to me / Stephen Harrigan -- Why Texas is the way it is / Betty Sue Flowers -- Texas women : true grit and all the rest / Molly Ivins -- Social studies / Kinky Friedman -- The last history ever of fatigue in Texas / William C. Gruben.