By James Ward Lee
For the 1st half 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 used to be a land of exuberance and romance, a time whilst Texas was once happy with itself and no longer loath to enable the area are aware of it. however the tradition of the nation replaced within the 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 diverse panorama. The previous certainties have been changed via 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 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 appears 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 way in which Texans stay and paintings and spot the area. the ultimate component to the ebook is made of a few own essays by means of a guy whose rules and attitudes are often unusual yet continually 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 provider within the U.S. military.