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Tales of Old-Time Texas

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It is for good reason that J. Frank Dobie is known as the Southwest's master storyteller. With his eye for color and detail, his ear for the rhythm of language and song, and his heart open to the simple truth of folk wisdom and ways, he movingly and unpretentiously spins the tales of our collective heritages. This he does in Tales of Old-Time Texas, a heartwarming array of ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by University of Texas Press (first published 1955)
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Aug 29, 2012 Cass rated it liked it
This isn't my typical genre of fiction, but I definitely found it entertaining. Livinga nd working up in New Mexico for the summer, I felt like some of these stories could come to life. I really enjoyed reading some of the taller tales, or more gruesome stories to the boys at the camp. The best part about it was being able to recognize some of the locations in Round Rock and Austin, where I grew up. I like the copy I was borrowing so much, that I had to buy my dad a copy to enjoy. When he opened ...more
Christine Granados
Jan 27, 2014 Christine Granados rated it liked it
Well, J. Frank Dobie certainly is a good ole boy. His tales are indeed a reflection of his era 20s, 30s, which is still very much in existence in small town Texas now. However, I wasn't' expecting to enjoy the stories as much as I did. I learned not only about Texas legends like James Bowie and his infamous Bowie knife but how colonistic attitudes are handed down through the generations. I also appreciated how Dobie was trying take control of the Texas narrative that at the time was being told ...more
Christian Erickson
Jul 26, 2015 Christian Erickson rated it it was amazing
As a multi-generation Texan, of course I enjoyed this book. Many of these stories I had heard before be it from scouts or just random reading here and there. With two young daughters, I'll consider this more of a reference book that you can open, pick a story, read and put back down. If you're planning a trip to Texas, this would be a fun read before because through it you will start to day-dream about the history and the mystery that you're stepping into. And just think, it might be you that ...more
Sean Jacobs
Oct 20, 2014 Sean Jacobs rated it really liked it
As a collector of first editions, this book by J. Frank Dobie, first released in 1928,is an excellent compilation of stories about Texas.

His translation of telling into printing does, as it always will, changes the way history books might portray the event. Most of the time he does it well and improves how the history books tell the story.

Dobie's improvement over the history books is similar to the way Shakespeare turned an Italian melodrama into Romeo and Juliet.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 04, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, texas
J. Frank Dobie retells tales from early Texas with his sense of humor. While some of the material sounds historical, these stories are tales about the region and entertaining. Suitable for young readers.
Jul 24, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it
I didn't really enjoy this book. We read it as part of my book club, and some liked it and others didn't. However, I find J. Frank Dobie to be a very interesting person. So, I'll probably pick up another book, just to see if it was a fluke or not.
Feb 03, 2012 Jacob rated it really liked it
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A collection of great stories by a master story collector and teller. There's nothing fancy here, but plenty of snakes, bears, indians, outlaws, droughts, and storms.
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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
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