The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ough study. Students of the novel in general and of American litera-
ture in particular will find the book useful.
Sam Houston State College MARTHA ANNE TURNER
J. Frank Dobie. By Francis Edward Abernethy. John C. Duval: First
Texas Man of Letters. By John Q. Anderson. Charles A. Siringo:
A Texas Picaro. By Charles D. Peavy. Andy Adams: Storyteller
and Novelist of the Great Plains. By Wilson M. Hudson. Tom
Lea: Artist in Two Mediums. By John O. West. Katherine Anne
Porter: The Regional Stories. By Winfred S. Emmons. William
Humphrey. By James W. Lee. Paul Horgan. By James M. Day.
Oliver La Farge. By Everett A. Gillis. Fred Gipson. By Sam H.
Henderson. Eugene Manlove Rhodes: Cowboy Chronicler. By
Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. George Sessions Perry. By Stanley G.
Alexander. Austin (Steck-Vaughn Company), 1967. Each pam-
phlet: pp. iv+44, bibliographies, $ .oo.
James W. Lee, general editor of the new Southwest Writers Series,
has announced the titles of twenty-seven other pamphlets to follow
the thirteen already issued. These numbers suggest the strongest
feature of Lee's scheme, its encyclopedic scope and comprehensiveness.
Although Cabeza de Vaca and Zane Grey are not yet scheduled in the
series, they may eventually find a place here, for no conceivable kind
of writer, from autobiographer to historian to popular magazine hack,
has been automatically excluded. If the opportunities presented by
this open-range policy are fully exploited, the Southwest Writers Series
will extend itself beyond the bestsellers like Gipson and Wellman to
the even more mass-oriented writers for film and television. A lot
could be said for a pamphlet on five or six classic Western films, since
Fenin and Everson's The Western loses sight of individual works, as
well as any sense of intellectual perspective.
While the scope of the series is potentially large, the potential audi-
ence is probably somewhat more limited. In general, the series will
be most useful for introducing new readers to works such as Adams'
Log of A Cowboy or indicating to more advanced readers where they
can go to find critical opinions, complete biographies, and full bibliog-
raphies. The pamphlets are substantial enough to provoke the in-
terest of the intelligent amateur, but too brief to satsify the demands
of the professional, except incidentally. Although the historian or
literary specialist might occasionally unearth a nugget concerning an

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117145/. Accessed July 10, 2014.