The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974 Page: 527
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port. The histories of the towns and cities of Waller County are brief, but use-
ful. The I75-page section entitled "Founding Families" is easily the book's most
significant historical contribution.
Weatherford, Texas WILLIAM WITHERSPOON
Texas. By Robert Reynolds. (Portland, Oregon: Charles H. Belding, 1973.
Pp. iv+I88. Illustrations. $25.)
This is unashamedly a coffee table book, in that it is intended to give
pleasure to the eye and to those senses, moods, and recollections which are
stimulated through sight. It is faithful to Texas in presenting the barrenness
as well as the lushness, the tinsel as well as the splendid. In fact, Reynolds has
resisted admirably the temptation to concentrate on the more damatic areas
of the state, choosing instead to attempt a revelation of gradations of differ-
ence through color images that are often more revealing than flattering. The
emphasis throughout is on the land, across which people move as workers or
visitors. The brief selection of historic texts provides an entertaining insight
into Texans' views of themselves at different times in the state's growth. One
considerable criticism: a map should have been included, as even Texas na-
tives are unlikely to know the locations of many of the frequently used county
or regional captions.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts JOHN LUNSFORD
Impressions of the Big Thicket. Text by William A. Owens. Paintings by Mi-
chael Frary. (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1973. Pp. 112.
This book is well named. Through words and watercolors novelist William
Owens and painter Michael Frary manage to convey a remarkable range of
impressions of Southeast Texas's Big Thicket region. Owens's account begins
in i933 with a train ride through the Thicket wilderness, and continues
through a succession of return visits. The area's fascination and rapid trans-
formation by "civilization" are acutely and objectively reported. One's only
complaint is that Owen's text is not longer.
Most of this book is devoted to Frary's ink sketches and watercolors. The
works, possessing variety both of style and subject, are at once appreciated.
Most are of high quality and more than a few are truly remarkable. This is
not only a valuable contribution to the rapidly expanding Big Thicket litera-
ture, but a significant contribution to southwestern art. Libraries ought to
have it. Hopefully, it will also decorate coffee tables across the nation.
North Texas State University PETE A. GUNTER
Frederic Remington. By Peter H. Hassrick. (Fort Worth: Amon Carter Mu-
seum of Western Art, 1973. Pp. 48. Illustrations, notes. $3.)
This catalogue was published to accompany a retrospective exhibition of
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