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

Book Reviews

unpublished manuscript, he should not expect these pamphlets to do
his research or to make up his mind for him; for documentation and
detail, the new quarterly Western Literature will certainly serve him
much better. Meanwhile, the Southwest Writers Series will remain
useful to his students.
Inevitably, some pamphlets in the series are more critically acute
than others, and the critical standards for literature, history, and
folklore vary. Although the critics (all are southwesterners) have
consistently moderated their regional enthusiasms for their subjects,
their closeness to both the living and dead writers is sometimes a
liability. For example, the general editor's comparisons of William
Humphrey to William Faulkner, though entirely modest, leave the
misleading impression that Humphrey as an artist is really compar-
able to Faulkner, rather than to Fred Gipson. (Lee implies that
Humphrey, like many others of his generation, is derivative from
Faulkner; it should be explicitly stated.) Alexander's treatment of
George Sessions Perry, acknowledging fully his debts to Mark Twain
and John Steinbeck, is considerably better, for Perry's work as a south-
western writer can be seen most clearly in such a national perspective.
University of Texas at Austin JOSEPH EVANs SLATE
Quarter Horses: A Story of Two Centuries. By Robert Moorman
Denhardt. Norman (University of Oklahoma Press), 1967. Pp.
xiv+x 19. Illustrations, notes, glossary, bibliography, index. $5.95.
In recent decades the most noteworthy happening in America's
equine world has been the revived popularity of that small, chunky
sprinter, the Quarter Horse. Quarter racing was common in the
Middle Atlantic colonies and became one of the most popular sports
of the western frontier, with matches held on country roads and on
the prairie turf. On the plains the intelligent, maneuverable Quarter
Horse became the favorite mount of the cowboy. But in time, the
Thoroughbred, trained for longer races, shoved the Quarter Horse
into obscurity.
Yet a few stockmen in the West kept the Quarter Horse blood at a
high level; and Bob Denhardt, a Californian who taught for several
years at Texas A&cM, fanned interest by organizing breeders and start-
ing a registry. The American Quarter Horse Association was formed
in Fort Worth in 1940, with Denhardt as its first secretary. Since
then, fairs in many states have added Quarter Horse shows, the

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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 13, 2014.