in his own way contributed to short fiction, have all been
ignored. And the selection of "The Grave" to represent the work
of Katherine Anne Porter seems almost as unfortunate, since this
story, with its tacked-on ending, is not an example of the best
writing by the best short story writer that Texas has produced.
But the person who likes to read competently told stories, and
especially the person who feels better about them if they are
sanctified by a "made in Texas" label, should find the collection
entertaining and, now and again, rewarding.
ERNEST B. SPECK
The University of Texas
Hugh Roy Cullen. A Story of American Opportunity. By Ed
Kilman and Theon Wright. New York (Prentice-Hall),
1954. Pp. viii+376. Inside cover maps. Illustrations. $4.00.
This life of Hugh Roy Cullen is better defined as a memorial
volume than as a definitive biography. Obviously the authors
could not make a final and critical analysis since the biographee
is still living and since time alone can make the final appraisal.
There are many facets, however, of the life of Cullen which need
neither time, nor space, nor distance for judgment.
Within the prescribed limitations the authors have produced
a marvelously interesting document and one worthy of careful
reading. Through the pages of the book the authors, with clarity
and brilliance, conduct their readers through a veritable maze
of seemingly paradoxical situations. On one page the subject
appears as a great humanitarian philanthropist and as the giver
of great gifts while at the same time is definitely at odds, and
sometimes bitterly, with about half of mankind--the liberal half.
He is pictured as one who always, in a political campaign, chose
the man and not the party, but almost universally he chose a
reactionary. He is painted as the master of some sort of "home-
made" science called "creekology" which seemed to take his drill-
ing for oil out of the realm of "luck," yet his drilling record has
been literally filled with dry holes. He is skillfully painted as a
peace-loving man but one who seized the slightest provocation
to project himself into a political fight. If none was brewing in
Texas he found it elsewhere. He is described as a man who calmly
thought things through but was impulsively as one who was tol-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed March 10, 2014.