Recognizing the need for a training school for pastors, Urbantke, with
generous assistance from Reverend Christian Blinn, organized such
a school while serving as pastor of the church at Brenham. Urbantke
was later elected the school's first president and treasurer. After the
untimely death of Reverend Blinn, the institution was named Blinn
Memorial College, and, still located in Brenham, it is now known as
This straightforward account of the trials and successes of a man of
unusual dedication to God should inspire all who read it.
Southwestern University E. H. STEELMAN
A Part of Space: Ten Texas Writers. Edited by Betsey Feagan Colquitt.
(Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1969. Pp. 179.)
The title for this delightful anthology derives not from Texas' technologi-
cal thrust of the twentieth century, but from Wallace Stevens' poignant
lines in The Sail of Ulysses,
"There is a human loneliness
A part of space and solitude
In which knowledge cannot be denied."
Mrs. Colquitt has perceptively extracted from the works of Stevens, John
Howard Griffin, Edwin Shrake, the pseudonymous John Pendleton, William
Newcomer, Ilse Rothrock, Larry McMurtry, and others. In spite of diversity
in prose and poetry, the editor has neatly avoided another "paste-up"
anthology, for the pervasive theme in this work, which is a tribute to the
second Texas Christian University-Fort Worth community week, is histori-
cal grass-roots identification. In an excerpt from Larry McMurtry's In a
Narrow Grave the theme appears: "The reader . . . will have noted a
certain inconsistency in my treatment of Texas past and present .... I am
critical of the past, yet apparently attracted to it; and though I am even
more critical of the present I am also quite clearly attracted to it."
Elders among Texas historians will find in this anthology the Texas
wellsprings from which younger historians, novelists, and poets draw.
The grounds for mutuality in the university-community relationship
appear in the preface, "We hope . . . that this volume will be only the
first of many . . . signs of a happy relationship."
Some plaudits ought to be extended the TCU Press for this publication,
which does happily entwine Fort Worth and the University.
University of Texas, Arlington
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101200/. Accessed December 1, 2015.