The secretive beauty and mystery of the Big Thicket of East Texas would inevitably inspire tales - and the pioneers who came to terms with this land were an individualistic and legend-creating lot. In Tales from the Big Thicket, Francis E. Abernethy presents a collection of stories about the Big Thicket and its people. The reader will find herein the history and folklore of the area, including a collection of Alabama-Coushatta tales, a Civil War episode involving a search for hidden Jayhawkers, a travel account from the nineteenth century, and a history of one of the region's legendary families, the Hooks.
FRANCIS E. ABERNETHY is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He is the author or editor of numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, including Singin'Texas and Built in Texas, both from the UNT Press.