In addition to reminiscences of trapping and hunting in the Big Bend of West Texas during the 1920s and 1930s, this Texas Folklore Society Publication includes a heretofore unpublished outdoors sketch by J. Frank Dobie on deer hunting and a piece by Bertha McKee Dobie on Frank’s interest in grasses. Elmer Kelton, Joyce Roach, and Robert Flynn take a humorous look at their work and hometowns, and Kenneth Davis tells tales of souls departing their bodies. There are essays on the bounty of the tables of the earlier settlers, and the state’s ethnic heritages through the German Volksfest in Brenham. The folk-song scholarship of Dorothy Scarborough, the art of Ben Mead, a look at prison language, and much more are included in this bountiful book.
Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the former executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to having edited numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, he has written Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.
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“I always look forward to receiving the latest book in the Texas Folklore Society’s series because I know that inside I’ll find entertaining, enlightening essays that recall days gone by or celebrate traditions all Texans need to remember.” --San Antonio Express-News
“One of the finest volumes ever produced by the Folklore Society.” --Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“Another amazing collection of the fruitful interests of the Texas Folklore Society.” --Western American Literature
“Skeptics of all stripes need only investigate the essays in this excellent collection, because nearly all contribute significantly to our understanding of the land and its people.” --The Dallas Morning News