The Bounty of Texas

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Francis Edward Abernethy
University of North Texas Press, 1990 - History - 232 pages
In addition to reminiscences of trapping and hunting in the Big Bend of West Texas during the 1920s and 1930s, this Texas Folklore Society Publication includes a heretofore unpublished outdoors sketch by J. Frank Dobie on deer hunting and a piece by Bertha McKee Dobie on Frank’s interest in grasses. Elmer Kelton, Joyce Roach, and Robert Flynn take a humorous look at their work and hometowns, and Kenneth Davis tells tales of souls departing their bodies. There are essays on the bounty of the tables of the earlier settlers, and the state’s ethnic heritages through the German Volksfest in Brenham. The folk-song scholarship of Dorothy Scarborough, the art of Ben Mead, a look at prison language, and much more are included in this bountiful book.
 

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Contents

The Bounty of the Woods
13
Fiction Writers Are Liars and Thieves
51
A Sense of Place
63
Brush Country Vaqueros and Hamlets Ghost
77
Curiosity in Deer
87
The Pleasure Frank Dobie Took in Grass
93
The Folksong Scholarship of Dorothy Scarborough
97
Portrait of an Artist
105
Stories from the Sufi Tradition
143
Some Partings of the Twain
149
Glen Rose Shine
157
Tall Tales from Down Under
163
Good Providing Good Eating
173
The German Volksfest in Brenham
181
Folk Speech in Texas Prisons
195
Contributors
219

The Lone Ranger Rides Again
115
Hero Villain or Temporary Prince?
121
Hallelujah Im A Bum
133

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Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the former executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to having edited numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, he has written Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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