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About the Author: J. Frank Dobie

Called the “Storyteller of the Southwest,” James Frank Dobie was born in 1888 on his family’s cattle ranch in Live Oak County. During his long life, J Frank Dobie would live astride two worlds: a rugged life on a Texas cattle ranch and the state’s modern centers of scholarly learning.

Dobie came to Austin in 1914 to teach at The University of Texas. In time he pioneered an influential course on the literature of the Southwest. By the late 1920s, Dobie discovered his mission: to record and publicize the disappearing folklore of Texas and the greater Southwest. Dobie became secretary of the Texas Folklore Society, a position he held for 21 years.

J Frank Dobie Dobie was a new kind of folklorist — a progressive activist. He called for UT to admit African-American students in the 1940s — long before the administration favored integration. Dobie’s vocal politics led to his leaving the University in 1947, but he continued writing until his death in 1964, publishing over twenty books and countless articles.

The inscription on Dobie’s headstone in the Texas State Cemetery reads: “I have come to value liberated minds as the supreme good of life on earth.” J Frank Dobie was not content to simply preserve Southwestern heritage within libraries and museums. He gave life to that heritage and informed generations of Texans about their rich history.

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Paperback, Published in Feb 1992 by Pelican Publishing Company

ISBN10: 0882899090 | ISBN13: 9780882899091

Page count: 208

Legends of Texas is as sizable and varied as the state itself, and J Frank Dobie, perhaps the West's greatest historian, devoted years of his life to collecting and cataloguing its many stories. The stories in this first volume of the Pelican series are reprinted from Dobie's Legends of Texas, originally published in1924 by the Texas Folklore Society, and represent some of the enduring tales that have em embellished the history of the state. Dobie believed that worthwhile literature about his region must be derived from an understanding of its life, history, and lore. The legends represented in this work, and in the rest of the series, were regarded by Dobie as "the most influential in opening the eyes of people to the richness of their own traditions." Legends of the lost mines and buried treasures have stirred the imagination and quickened the pulse of man for centuries. These stories will have the same effect on any that reads them.

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