The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 413
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senior, grounded in his room with the mumps while his future
mate delivered her valedictory address. There also are interviews
with close friends of Dobie and quotations from him on varied
Dobie, the most widely known Texas author since O. Henry,
dressed like a Texan and talked like a Texan; Odd McIntyre
called him "the greatest press agent a state ever had." Yet he
could not be dismissed as a showman; his thinking ran deep and
strong, and his scholarship was respected. He had vigorous views
in many fields and never hesitated to express them. And, however
busy he was, he always had time to tell a story or to help some
In a brief introduction to this book, Harry Ransom, chancellor
of the University of Texas, recalls Dobie's
ready tongue, his prodigious stores of memory, his righteous wrath,
and the wonderfully contradictory combinations of ebullience and
reserve, quiet sympathies and vocal championship of many causes.
He was remembered in cowboy regalia and imagined in shining armor;
he was at once homespun Texan and high sophisticate, by profes-
sion a professor and by irresistible inclination an unsystematic
Winston Bode makes no pretense of writing a full or formal
life of Dobie. An autobiographical book is expected soon, and a
carefully studied work on the man and his writings may come
later. Meanwhile this sprightly portrait is more than a souvenir.
In pictures and text it captures the flavor of Dobie's bubbling
personality; and, while in places the use of a paste pot seems
obvious, it gives the essence of a great Texan whose interests
ranged from Longhorn cattle to English poetry. Skilled picture
reproduction and printing help to make this a prime piece of
Texana. WAYNE GARD
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