Notes From Texas

Notes From Texas

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From the Guadalupe Mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert to the Hill Country to the Red River, the vast geographic landscape of Texas has afforded the cultural depth and diversity to inspire its writers. The richness of Texas folklore, history, and traditions has left an unmistakable mark on the art of the region. Both native and transplant Texas writers alike have been keenly shaped by the distinctive aroma of fresh corn tortillas, tales of Mescalero Apaches, and Tejano and ranchera music. Jameson has compiled an assorted collection of fourteen essays by some of the most prominent Texas writers through which he hopes to explore the following questions: a€œHow did they accomplish their goals? Why did they choose the writing life? What influence did the history, lore, and culture of Texas play in their creative process?a€ While readily citing the a€œdecidedly Texas flavora€ in his own fiction, Jameson seeks to uncover the inspirations in other writers from both the expansive and rugged Texas terrain as well as the varied people therein. The fourteen writers who comprise Notes from Texas range from the captivating and often humorous essayist Larry L. King to the beloved historical novelist Elmer Kelton. Other contributors include James Ward Lee, known for his expertise in Texas cuisine and culture, and poet and songwriter Red Steagall. This collection bestows each with a a€œchance to express what they wished to share about their art and their life as a Texas writer.a€a€œStanzas from the Grande Chartreusea€ Matthew Arnold I am not sure the Matthew Arnold quotation really applies, but ita#39;s ... Well, I should admit that I hardly ever wanted to, but once in a while someone will put me on a program or ask me to write a piece such as this one. ... In fact, the most money I ever made for a single essay was $800, and that was a a€œkill feea€ from the Dallas Morning News back in 1986.

Title:Notes From Texas
Author:W. Jameson
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2013-05-31


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