The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 203
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as well as in the field of literature. The book is divided into thir-
teen chapters, each being a biographical sketch of a poet laureate.
Mrs. Edwards writes with an intimate knowledge of her sub-
jects. Her information has been gained from interviews with the
poets and their families, letters, magazines, newspapers, and from
books by the poets. She has acquired an amazing collection of
details about their private lives and the personal interests of each.
These intersperse her biographies and give life to them. Photo-
graphs add further interest.
The practice of naming a poet laureate for Texas was inaugu-
rated through an act of the Forty-third Legislature in 1932. The
appointment is for two years, although Grace Noll Crowell held
the position for three years. The selection is made by a committee
composed of the governor, three senators, and three representa-
tives. The basis for the nomination is merit. So far there have
been twelve poets laureate and one alternate. Not all have been
native Texans, but all have written of Texas. The first was Judd
Mortimer Lewis. The present one is Dr. Pierre Bernard Hill.
This volume should be useful to students of Texana.
MERLE M. DUNCAN
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