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By Steven L. Davis

The 1st Texas-based author to achieve nationwide consciousness, J. Frank Dobie proved that actual writing springs simply from the local soil of Texas and the Southwest. In best-selling books similar to stories of Old-Time Texas, Coronado's youngsters, and The Longhorns, Dobie captured the Southwest's people historical past, which used to be quick disappearing because the usa turned ever extra urbanized and commercial. popular as "Mr. Texas," Dobie mockingly has virtually disappeared from view--a casualty of fixing tastes in literature and shifts in social and political attitudes because the 1960s.In this full of life biography, Steven L. Davis takes a clean examine a J. Frank Dobie whose "liberated brain" set him on an highbrow trip that culminated in Dobie changing into a political liberal who fought for hard work, loose speech, and civil rights good earlier than those reasons turned applicable to so much Anglo Texans. Tracing the whole arc of Dobie's existence (1888-1964), Davis indicates how Dobie's insistence on "free-range pondering" led him to such radical activities as calling for the total integration of the collage of Texas through the Forties, in addition to taking up governors, senators, and the FBI (which secretly investigated him) as Texas's best dissenter throughout the McCarthy period.

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Frank Dobie and Bertha McKee consummated their six-year courtship by marrying on September 20, 1916. There was no honeymoon for the financially struggling couple. Instead, they caught a quick train to Austin so Dobie could return to his teaching duties. After years of being physically apart, the two lovers could count at last on sharing the same household. The arrangement would last six months. 5 The Great War 1915–1919 u r i n g t h e D o b i e s ’ two-year engagement, the Great War consumed Europe, pitting the colonial powers against each other.

His judgments could be scathing. On one young man’s paper, Dobie dispensed with the usual niceties about the need to work 39 rebel of the lost cause 40 harder. ”13 His iconoclasm was becoming more evident. 14 He also described for Bertha how he “read to a class or two an absurdly constructed sentence” from one of the Austin American’s editorials. ”15 99 During the summer intercession in 1915, Dobie applied for a reporting job at several newspapers, but none would hire him. ”16 The war in Europe had spurred a demand for meat, and business was booming.

20 This time, however, Bertha’s response was not as sympathetic as he might have hoped. She had lost her position at the private college and was relegated to teaching at a high school in Galveston. She missed the more prestigious academic environment. She wrote to him, “I think this bitterness does you no good. ”21 He became contrite, telling her, “Although I am selfish and hard enough, God knows, I love you and want you more than I want any other one thing or all other things put together. .

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