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J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind (Charles N. Prothro Texana Series)

J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind (Charles N. Prothro Texana Series)

By: Steven L. Davis (author)Hardback

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The first Texas-based writer to gain national attention, J. Frank Dobie proved that authentic writing springs easily from the native soil of Texas and the Southwest. In best-selling books such as Tales of Old-Time Texas, Coronado's Children, and The Longhorns, Dobie captured the Southwest's folk history, which was quickly disappearing as the United States became ever more urbanized and industrial. Renowned as "Mr. Texas," Dobie paradoxically has almost disappeared from view-a casualty of changing tastes in literature and shifts in social and political attitudes since the 1960s. In this lively biography, Steven L. Davis takes a fresh look at a J. Frank Dobie whose "liberated mind" set him on an intellectual journey that culminated in Dobie becoming a political liberal who fought for labor, free speech, and civil rights well before these causes became acceptable to most Anglo Texans. Tracing the full arc of Dobie's life (1888-1964), Davis shows how Dobie's insistence on "free-range thinking" led him to such radical actions as calling for the complete integration of the University of Texas during the 1940s, as well as taking on governors, senators, and the FBI (which secretly investigated him) as Texas's leading dissenter during the McCarthy era.

About Author

STEVEN L. DAVIS is the Assistant Curator at the Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos and serves as editor of the Southwestern Writers Collection book series, published by the University of Texas Press. His previous books include Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond.


AcknowledgmentsA Liberated MindPart 1: Rebel of the Lost CauseChapter 1: Along the RamireniaChapter 2: The Education of a Brush Countryman, 1904-1912Chapter 3: From Texas to New York, 1913-1914Chapter 4: Fighting Conformity, Courting Bertha, 1914-1916Chapter 5: The Great War, 1915-1919Part 2: The Rising StarChapter 6: A Rangeland Epiphany, 1920-1921Chapter 7: The Making of a Folklorist, 1921-1923Chapter 8: The Rising Star, 1923-1926Chapter 9: Voices of the Southwest, 1926-1930Chapter 10: Regionalism Goes National, 1929-1930Part 3: Mr. TexasChapter 11: Dobie in Bloom, 1930-1934Chapter 12: Into Mexico, 1933-1935Chapter 13: The Flavor of Texas, 1936Chapter 14: The Austin Liberals, 1936-1938Chapter 15: Apache Gold vs. Pale Horse, 1937-1939Part 4: Texas Needs BrainsChapter 16: The Longhorns, 1939-1941Chapter 17: True Patriotism and the Singing Governor, 1940-1941Chapter 18: The Liberal Hero, 1941-1943Chapter 19: A Contemporary of Himself, 1943-1946Chapter 20: A Texan in England, 1943-1946Chapter 21: Texas Needs Brains, 1946-1947Part 5: Elder StatesmanChapter 22: Coyote Wisdom, 1948-1953Chapter 23: Elder Statesman, 1951-1958Chapter 24: Literary Dictator, 1952-1960Chapter 25: End of an Era, 1955-1959Part 6: TwilightChapter 26: One Touch of Nature, Plus, 1960-1962Chapter 27: Sunset, 1962-1964Chapter 28: Dobie's LegacyNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780292721142
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780292721142
  • weight: 595
  • ISBN10: 0292721145

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