Harbingers of Books to Come: A Texan's Literary Life

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The first major autobiography by a Texas poet, this noteworthy account traces the life and times of a poet, publisher, critic, and teacher from his childhood to the present day. This remarkable life is examined through the works it produced—25 books in the fields of poetry, fiction, translation, jazz history, and book reviewing. Proving that the literary and intellectual life in Texas far surpasses the state's stereotypes, this record shows how the poet was instrumental in connecting Texas with many Latin ...

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Overview

The first major autobiography by a Texas poet, this noteworthy account traces the life and times of a poet, publisher, critic, and teacher from his childhood to the present day. This remarkable life is examined through the works it produced—25 books in the fields of poetry, fiction, translation, jazz history, and book reviewing. Proving that the literary and intellectual life in Texas far surpasses the state's stereotypes, this record shows how the poet was instrumental in connecting Texas with many Latin American writers as well as with a wide world of music.

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"About as complete a compilation of a Texas poet's education as one could imagine."  —Don Graham, publisher, Washington Post

"As his excellent new anthology confirms, Oliphant has contributed significantly to the development of poetry in Texas, and he is not slowing down."  —Lyman Grant, Texas Observer

"Dave Oliphant is the undisputed authority on the history of Texas jazz. His books and articles provide the most well-researched and well-written discussions of Texas jazz history available."  —Gary Hartman, Center for Texas Music History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916727604
  • Publisher: Wings Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Oliphant is a native Texan poet, a recently retired professor from the University of Texas–Austin, and the editor and publisher of Prickly Pear Press. He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Backtracking, Memories of Texas Towns and Cities, and Maria's Poems, as well as a collection of 16 essays entitled Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Beaumont, Fort Worth & Altus 3

Austin 34

New York & Philadelphia 64

Beaumont, Hot Springs, Altus & Waco 80

Fort Worth 139

Hebbronville 149

Austin 158

New York & Santiago 198

Austin & Santiago 219

Mexico City & Fort Worth 249

Hobbs, Altus, Albuquerque & Taos 254

Albuquerque 292

DeKalb 303

Santiago & Arica 338

DeKalb 353

Oklahoma-Texas Reading Tour 367

Malta 381

Denmark 403

Cholula 426

Publications & Receptions

Books 453

Poems - Original & Translated 489

Essays, Reviews, Introductions & Interviews 502

Short Fiction - Original & Translated 518

Index 519

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