The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

feels are representative of, if not all of, the literary magazines pub-
lished in Texas between 1858 and 1928. She has searched the incom-
plete files mainly of the University of Texas, Austin, the Texas Col-
lection at Baylor University, and the Houston Public Library for her
data, summarizing her findings in catalogue form. Generally devoting
a page or two to each magazine, the author provides a brief descrip-
tion of the journal, characterizes its contents, gives its dates, fre-
quency of publication, editor, publisher, place of publication, size,
and price, along with a sketch of the magazine's history.
Most of the first editors of Texas literary journals appear to have
been as dedicated to the perpetuation of southern ideals as to the
elevation of taste in literature. Mrs. E. Spann of Galveston, editor of
The Texian Monthly Magazine, thought to be the state's earliest
literary publication, called upon southerners to rely on their own
writings and forsake the "cheap, and too often deleterious Literature
of the North." Sixteen of the forty magazines uncovered by Professor
Dickey were edited by women. Dallas stood as the publishing center
of the state during these years, while the decade from 1900oo to 190o
was the most active period in the development of literary magazines
in Texas before 1928. Of the forty journals under discussion only the
Southwest Review and the Frontier Times are still published, the
latter in particular in an appreciably altered form.
Early Literary Magazines of Texas could serve as a convenient aid
in research; to approach it as historical literature or tantalizing read-
ing, however, would be a miscalculation in judgment.
Southern Methodist University RONALD L. DAVIS
Visions of Glory: Texans on the Southwest Frontier. By Stephen B.
Oates. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970. Pp. xiii +
217. Bibliography, index. $6.95.)
This is an uneven collection of essays purporting to deal with as-
pects of the Texas frontier "from the imperial designs of Lamar down
to NASA's historic move to Texas in 1961." Reprinted from such
diverse publications as True West and the Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, these seven essays share the common theme of "dreams of
empire entertained by Texans."
The book is divided into two sections. The first involves episodes of
military conquest. Despite a certain lack of uniform documentation,


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