IMAGINING TEXAS: THE LITERATURE
OF THE LONE STAR STATE
by WILLIAM T. PILKINGTON
1st ed., September 1981, 37 pages, $10.95
is one in a series of chapters on Texas History. It surveys
the development of Texas Literature, providing the reader with
a general overview which can serve as a basis for further study.
The overview begins with a discussion of the last half-century,
focusing on J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Roy Bedichek.
The discussion then describes characteristics of Texas writing
and writers up to the present, concluding with a discussion
of future trends. Several themes treated are the Texas writer
as an expatriate, the relation of Texas history and fiction,
literature of the soil, and Texas writers and the city. The
text also provides a recommended reading list.
Webb and Bedichek
The Texas Writer as Expatriate
Texas History and Texas Fiction
Tom Lea, Benjamin Capps and Others
Literature of the Soil
Texas Writers and the City
Social Problems in Texas Writing
Poetry and Drama
Present and Future Trends
T. Pilkington is a Professor of English at Tarleton
State University in Stephenville, Texas.