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Literary Austin

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Don Graham brings together the history, color, and character of Texas's capital city since 1839 when it was selected, on the advice of Mirabeau B. Lamar, as the site for a new capital of the then-Republic of Texas. Essays, fiction, and poetry reveal the variety of literary responses to Austin through the decades and are organized in a roughly chronological fashion to ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Texas Christian University Press
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Aaron Arnold
To be perfectly honest, I will read almost anything about Austin, no matter how narcissistic or self-serving (and, even more honestly, the more it flatters the city and its residents the better). All true love of home is provincialism and vice versa, and though I wasn't born here and have spent quite a few years living elsewhere, it's going to be my home for many years to come simply because I couldn't imagine myself living anywhere else.

However, any city, no matter how proud and disdainful of o
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Shelves: history, fiction

"Literary UT" - would be a more accurate title.
(University of Texas)

"Memories of a Longhorn" - a more descriptive title, and
would have made it a best seller. Every offspring of a UT alumni,
would not have read it, but would have purchased it for their
Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad, siblings, etc, who has listened to
their often told "When I was at UT stories..."

This Literary collection contains short excerpts of about 1-5
pages each, from works of over 80 authors, poets, pundits, and
a few politicians
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Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire (2003), which won the Carr P. Collins Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters as best nonfiction book of the year, No Name on the Bullet: A ...more
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