A Woman of Letters, Karle Wilson Baker (Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life No. 8)
By: Sarah Ragland Jackson (author)Hardback
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Karle Wilson Baker was the best-known Texas poet of the early twentieth century. Yet, while many of her male contemporaries remain well known to Texas literature, she does not. Her energy and significant role in shaping the literature of Texas equaled those of Walter Prescort Webb or J. Frank Dobie, with whom she ranked as the first Fellows of the Texas Institute of Letters. Although she lived in the small town of Nacogdoches, her modern lifestyle as an independent, "new" woman and her active career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer placed her among the avant-garde of women in the nation. She was a multi-talented writer with a wide range of interests, yet she championed Texas and the history and natural beauty of East Texas above all else. Sarah Ragland Jackson's thoroughly researched biography of Karle Wilson Baker introduces her to a new generation. Baker's life also opens a window onto the literary times in which she lived and the path of a woman making her way in the largely male-dominated world of nationally acclaimed writers.
Beyond the literary insights this book offers, Jackson spotlights developments in East Texas such as the discovery of oil and the founding of what would become Stephen F. Austin State University in Baker's hometown. Extensive work in a number of regional and state archives as well as interviews with many who remembered Baker allow Jackson to offer an account that is not only thorough but also lively and entertaining.
SARAH RAGLAND JACKSON is a retired faculty member of the Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University. A graduate of Baylor University, she received a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University and has done post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina and Oxford University.
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