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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937

Book Reviews and Notices

of Corsicana westward to Bosque County, Texas, in the heart of
the Comanche range. The father established a horse and cattle
ranch, and there Ken began to absorb woodcraft and ranch lore.
Much of the boy's learning is no doubt a reflection of Professor
Greer's own experiences-mounting a bareback horse by climbing
up his left foreleg, roping and branding, riding to the round-up,
driving hogs from the cornfield. His father and Colonel Buck
Barry perhaps contributed the wilder adventures with Indians,
horse thieves, buffalo, mustangs, wolves, and panthers. Stories of
the capture and taming of wild horses and the trip up the trail
to Abilene with two thousand longhorns are probably suggested by
reading or by oral recitals of reminiscent trail drivers.
The book abounds in intimate detail evincing Professor Greer's
exhaustive knowledge of the life that he describes, including its
technical terminology. The style is simple, fluent, and natural;
and much of the book will rank with the best literature of the
West. It is a real contribution to the literature of the Southwestern
frontier, and it indicates for Professor Greer a more ambitious
task; namely, a comprehensive history of Texas covering the period
of his intimate acquaintance with the spirit and the facts. No
unified treatment of the subject worthy of the name exists, and
Professor Greer could write the sort of book that needs to be
Dictionary of American Biography. Edited by Dumas Malone.
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1936. Volume XIX,
Pp. x, 659, Volume XX, Pp. xxvi, 662.)
These two volumes extend alphabetically from Edward Troye,
painter, to Eliakum Zunser, Jewish poet. Volume XX, issued
on December 10, 1936, completes the momentous undertaking
eight years after the publication of the first volume. Reviewers
who have reviewed previous volumes find little to add to the com-
mendation which they have already expressed. The editorial work
continues to the end on the high plane of accuracy and usefulness
upon which it began. Indeed, the editor confesses-and reviewers
will readily confirm his statement-that later volumes were edited


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