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An American Original: the Life of J. Frank Dobie

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Title An American Original: the Life of J. Frank Dobie
ISBN 9780316848879
Author Tinkle, Lon
Subject Western Americana
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Little Brown & Company
Publisher Year 1978
Condition Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Description Chocolate brown boards tight and straight. Includes index and bibliographical note; 12 pp. B&W photos; Owner name front free endpaper and inner board. Text clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is price-clipped. ; 264 pages; J. Frank Dobie, 1888-1964, grew up in the bleak south Texas brush country when the open-range days of the great cattle drives had just passed. He knew the men who had taken part in the saga, a uniquely American experience, an believed the knowledge, this essences of his people's heritage, was being allowed to quietly perish. And so Dobie taught for many years at the University of Texas his famous course on "The Life and Literature of the Southwest, " then turned to writing some of that literature himself, turning out such classics as 'The Longhorns, ' Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver, ' Coronado's Children, ' and 'Tales of Old Time Texas. ' By the time of his death in 1964, he was internationally recognized as a philosopher of "the unfenced country. " An American Original portrays Dobie's life both as a pictturesque, dramatic confrontation with the West, its creatures, and the hardy individualism of pioneer and cowboy life, and as a confrontation with twentieth-century society and the changes it brought to the American experience. The book includes a generous selection of the correspondence between Dobie and his remarkable wife, Bertha McKee Dobie, letters that impart a rare and moving story of love, empathy, and mutual aid.

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