The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986 Page: 106
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inscribed, in Miss Hogg's hand, "Fritz and me" could be evidence of "a
long distance love affair snuffed out by World War I." The book's
scholarship is further marred by a complete lack of footnotes, so that
readers who wish to know the source of some rather remarkable quota-
tions, including Will Hogg's statement that "the government made a
mistake originally in not reserving for its own use all wealth below the
soil" (pp. 71-72), are referred to an "annotated" copy of the manu-
script in Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
In spite of these weaknesses, the book does give a good chronological
account of Miss Hogg's career as a philanthropist, a collector, and a pre-
servationist. She clearly must be understood in the context of her fa-
ther's political career and her brother Will's concept of philanthropy.
She had a strength of character that overcame great personal disap-
pointments and difficulties, although, without documentary evidence,
it is unclear exactly what these difficulties were. We do get a sense of her
zest for life, which seemed to increase as she grew older, as well as the
disconcerting aura of timelessness that sometimes surrounded her (in
the 1 60s she remarked casually to a group of visitors from Hawaii,
"Ah, yes, I have met your queen"). The author's point of view, however,
is unabashedly adulatory, and she makes no serious attempt to assess
Miss Hogg's real place in any of the fields in which she was active-
philanthropy, decorative arts, and historic preservation. This place
may be more significant than many of her contemporaries realized.
Nor does the author try to deal with the even more important question
of Miss Hogg's place in the women's culture of her time.
In summing up, Bernhard's book stands much closer to Louise Iscoe's
memorial volume, Ima Ilogg: First Lady of Texas, published shortly after
Miss Hogg's death by the Hogg Foundation, than it does to the pene-
trating biography that, one hopes, will someday be written. It is evoca-
tive, but far from definitive.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986, periodical, 1985/1986; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117151/m1/132/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.