The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

Book Reviews

environs. The volume is attractively printed. The book is perhaps
marred by a few errors which escaped the proofreader, such as
Hudson for Huson, Burkey for Burke, and Coashuila for Coa-
huila. The book includes adequate maps of the Texas coast,
attractive illustrations, and an index.
WILLIAM H. OBERSTE
Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest. By J. Frank
Dobie. Dallas (Southern Methodist University Press), 1952.
Pp. viii +. 222. Illustrated. $3.50.
This book was born a mimeographed list of books in Mr.
Dobie's Life and Literature of the Southwest class at the Univer-
sity of Texas twenty-five years ago. Since that time the list has
grown in length and gained in quality. In 1943 it reached the
printing press stage when it was published as a oo-page paper-
bound pamphlet. Now it has attained full stature and appears,
much enlarged and in hard covers, under the imprint of Southern
Methodist University Press. This, the author says, is positively
his last revision of the book. The invitation is open, however,
for someone else to take on the task of further enlargement; the
book is not copyrighted.
Upwards of one thousand books dealing with the Southwest
("Arizona, New Mexico, most of Texas, some of Oklahoma, and
anything else north, south, east or west that anybody wants to
bring in") are here listed under thirty-five classifications or chap-
ters, as "Apaches, Comanches, and Other Plains Indians," "Back-
woods Life and Humor," "Fighting Texians," "Women Pioneers,"
"Mountain Men," "Range Life: Cowboys, Cattle, Sheep," "Birds
and Wild Flowers," "Fiction-Including Folk Tales," "Poetry
and Drama," etc., each chapter introduced by a prefatory com-
ment varying from a few lines to five pages. With minor excep-
tions, every book is evaluated in brief paragraphs, sometimes in
one sentence, occasionally by one significant word. Many titles
are repeated in two or more chapters, with comments appro-
priate to the subject under discussion.
While it may appear to the novice a simple matter to gather
between covers a thousand related titles, this reviewer knows of
no one who could have done this particular job quite as well
as Mr. Dobie. Nevertheless, this book would have been a more

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