This is the first full-length study of the life and writings of the Texas novelist, William Humphrey, who died August 21, 1997. Based on research in Humphrey's vast archives at the University of Texas, it provides the first full picture of his life and identifies many untraced sources of his work. The guiding principle is an exploration of Humphrey's satire on life-destroying myths: the myths of the hunter, the South, the cowboy hero, the Depression-era outlaw, and, supremely, the myth of Texas. To his dismay, Humphrey was often seen as a celebrator of these myths.
Bert Almon has taught modern literature and creative writing at the University of Alberta since 1968. He has published eight collections of poetry and a Western Writers Series monograph on Gary Snyder. He held a Mellon Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas and a Hawthornden Fellowship in Poetry. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.