The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

(See Necah Stewart Furman, Walter Prescott Webb. His Life and Impact
[Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1976], 184.) With plans
to mold the Rundell materials into still another biography of Webb, the
authors will need to heed their own advice. As Butler and Baker themselves
note, the "struggle to instill this annual commemoration [the Webb Lec-
tures] with meaning and zest wearies even his most devoted associates"
(p. 61). One might add that a paucity of new material wearies the reader,
too. To paraphrase Webb, there isn't much sense in "moving dry bones
from one grave to another."
The final essay by Dennis Reinhartz touches upon a strategy that Webb
heartily endorsed-that of teaching with maps. Reinhartz stresses the ar-
tistic beauty of maps and their use as descriptive evidence, as well as their
value as instructional tools.
Llerena Friend adds a postscript with "Some Thoughts on Walter
Prescott Webb as Teacher." Scholars in the field will appreciate this nine-
teenth volume in the Webb Memorial Lecture Series for its more analytical
The slender volume by Mike Kingston, Walter Prescott Webb in Stephens
County, adds some interesting local history details from the area where
Webb grew up. Combining these with a synthesis of better-known aspects
of Webb's life, the book provides the reader with an interesting overview
of the life of one of the history profession's most original thinkers. Webb
disciples will want to add both books to their collections.
Sandia Natzonal Laboratories NECAH S. FURMAN
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Texas: A Literary Portrazt. By Don Graham. Photographs by Nell Blakely.
(San Antonio: Corona Publishing Company, 1985. Pp. 242. Acknowl-
edgments, introduction, afterword, bibliography, photographs.
$45.00, cloth; $16.95, paper.)
South by Southwest. Twenty-four Stories from Modern Texas. Edited by Don
Graham. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986. Pp. xix + 278.
Acknowledgments, notes on authors. $22.50, cloth; $9.95, paper.)
Don Graham's Sesquicentennial anthologies celebrate the state of Texas
letters. Both books find their primary ordering in an east-to-west journey
across the state, and a similar thesis informs both volumes. Graham's
thesis assumes the sine qua non of Texas literature as "a sense of place"
(p. 18), with "place" best understood as nature undisturbed or only
moderately dislocated. It is no surprise that the writings gathered con-
firm this thesis. A rural and small-town emphasis marks most selections


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