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was a consumate storyteller, drawing his subjects from a lifetime's ex-
periences as a veterinarian, as a cowboy, and as a connoisseur and breed-
er of horses. His recognition as a man of letters did not come until late
in his life. Alfred A. Knopf published his Horse Tradin' in 1967. Al-
though Horse Tradin' was not his first published work, it was the first
to gain national attention and become a best seller. After that Green's
literary rise was meteoric. Horse Tradin' was followed by Wild Cow
Tales (1969), The Village Horse Doctor (1971), and Some More Horse
Tradin' (1972), all of which received the praise of critics and were strong
sellers. His final book, The Color of Horses, came off the press shortly
after his sudden death in October, 1974. Although it was controversial
in content, Green considered that book his magnum opus-the culmi-
nation of his years of research on the pigmentation of hair and hide to
determine what made color.
Now comes Robert A. Wilson of Dallas, attorney, bibliophile, anti-
quarian bookseller, and longtime friend of Green, who has compiled
this bibliography. As such, like the good Doc, it too might be termed
"unique" because it is much more than just an orderly listing of Green's
published works, of which there are twenty-five entries. To be sure Wil-
son, with the fastidiousness of a bookman, has accompanied each entry
with a collation embodying adequate bibliographical minutia, not in-
frequently found wanting in such productions. The list includes maga-
zine articles, broadsides, ephemeral material, as well as books, all in the
approximate order of their first publication. Both trade editions and
limited editions of titles are described, and selections from book reviews
are appended to each major work listed. Wilson has divided his bibliog-
raphy into three parts with the first, as might be expected, dealing with
the writings of his subject. Part II contains a listing of general articles
with excerpts from a number of them about Green and his colorful life-
style, apart from his writings. Part III contains a listing and quotations
from many of the obituaries written following Green's death including
excerpts from the funeral sermon by Robert H. Ridley.
The typography is tasteful with bold, easily read type and excellent
illustrations. Bob Wilson has sandwiched a bibliographical gourmet's
treat between a foreword by Jenkins Garrett at the front and a compre-
hensive index at the rear. Not only is the book a model for any aspiring
bibliographer, and a must for aficionados and collectors of Ben K.
Green's writings; it is a fine tribute to Doc Green himself.
Eagle Pass, Texas
BEN E. PINGENOT
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