By James Ward Lee
For the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled by means of J. Frank Dobie, the guy Lon Tinkle referred to as "Mr. Texas." Dobie's Texas was once a land of exuberance and romance, a time while Texas used to be happy with itself and now not loath to enable the area realize 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 diverse panorama. The previous certainties have been changed through irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, broad, and good-looking posture of Texans was once 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 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 impression on it. one other a part of the ebook 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 examine the best way Texans dwell and paintings and notice the area. the ultimate component to the publication is made of a few own essays by way of a guy whose rules and attitudes are often atypical yet constantly funny. Lee writes of the existence he has led in Texas as a faculty professor and takes a backward examine his lifestyles from boyhood to carrier within the U.S. army.
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Had she not left the state in 1919 to take a job at Columbia University, Dobie’s place in the society might not have been so prominent. Scarborough was not only one of America’s finest folklorists but also a successful novelist in the 1920s, the years of Dobie’s ascendancy. Scarborough’s On the Trail of Negro Folklore and A Song-Catcher in the Southern Mountains (published posthumously) made her national reputation before Dobie was well known across the country. Her works as a novelist are discussed elsewhere in this book.
Of course as everyone knows John Wayne should have been a Texan. The Dobie era was a time of expansion and expansiveness in Texas. It was also a time for romance. Things looked rosy—there was a glow over the past, the present was booming, and the future was unlimited. ” If Dobie, Bedichek, Webb were no longer young, at least the rising intellectual class was young. And all hands were participants in the romance of Texas. Dobie was not alone in promoting romantic Texas. The whole state was involved in heroes and hero worship, and everybody thought, as the centennial of the Texas Revolution approached, that the sky was the limit both literally and figuratively.
In Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, during what some have called the “Yellow Nineties,” writers like Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, Stephane Mallarme, Joris Karl Huysmans, Charles Baudelaire, and Algernon Swinburne broke away from what many saw as the certainties of a Victorian world. It was the beginning of a new round of literary decadence, and what took place in Texas in the 1960s was the beginning of a similar literary decadence. Literary decadence is not a pejorative term: it simply means that the literature turns from robust and energetic to ironic and satiric, and in many case to experimentalism of form.
Adventures With a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee