Literary Fort Worth

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Aware that some may see the title of this volume as an oxymoron, James Ward Lee argues in his “Argumentative Introduction” that for more than a century Fort Worth writers have written well about a city too often dismissed as a semi-rural cow town. Writers have celebrated its world of cattle and oil, to be sure, but many have seen other sides of Fort Worth—the country club set, the literati, the artists and artisans, the musicians, the intellectuals, and the whole minority sub-culture that has given a cosmopolitan tone to the Queen City of the Prairies.

Fort Worth is in many ways the most typical of Texas cities—proud of its slogan of “Cowtown and Culture.” People mingle as easily at the new Bass Hall, with its world-class visiting entertainers and the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, as they do at the White Elephant Saloon or the Cowtown Coliseum. They visit a museum complex unrivalled anywhere in the world for a city Fort Worth's size, and they attend the Southwest Exposition and Livestock Show.

Lee and Judy Alter, both Fort Worth residents and well-known writers themselves, found passages in novels, short stories, and poetry that caught the city's atmosphere and odd bits of its history. And they found that some of the best writing done about Cowtown is journalistic rather than what is usually considered literary. There are articles by current and former members of the staff of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and one particularly poignant piece about the last day of the old Fort Worth Press.

Literary Fort Worth is a literary smorgasbord, with something to appeal to almost any reader's taste. And literary? You bet!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875652535
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 1,486,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Alter, director of TCU Press, is the author of several novels, short stories, and nonfiction for young readers. Her novel about Etta Place, Butch, Sundance, and Me, was published by Leisure Books in summer 2002.

James Ward Lee is professor emeritus and former chair of the English department and director of the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Texas, My Texas, Classics of Texas Fiction, and Adventures with a Texas Humanist.

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Table of Contents

An Argumentative Introduction: Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
Micayla's Gathering
From A Ballad for Sallie
Sue Ellen Learns to Dance
From Lords of the Earth
From Gamblers & Gangsters: Fort Worth's Jacksboro Highway in the 1940s and 1950s
From The Inheritors
Suite 850
Mr. Harold Taft
Mr. Watts and the Whirlwind
Oak Leaves Blowing at Mount Olivet
Showdown at the Amon Carter
The Lady and the Calliope
The Slide
From Words from a Wide Land
Stock Show Trip Teaches Lessons in Life
From A Bank and a Shoal of Time
Delbert McClinton: Twenty-Five Years of One-Night Stands
Stop the Press!
The Devil in Fort Worth, Texas
The Forest Park Zoo Caper
Thunder Road
Bizarre for the Course
Texas vs. Davis: New, Sensational Discovery
Westover Hills 76107
The Healing
Fairmount - pre-gentrification
From The Loop
World War II on Cleckler Street
From Stories from the Barrio: A History of Mexican Fort Worth
Moncrief Radiation Center
A Mockingbird Near Elizabeth Hall
The Man Who Lives on Weather
He'd Walk a Mile for His Camel
From The Keen Desire
Jazz Was Jumpin' at the Jim Hotel
Remembering the Gangster Days
It's with Good Reason that the Tallest Bur Oak in Texas is called The Hangin' Tree
Western Hills Hotel was a National Draw
The Routes of Rock: The Clubs, the Schools, and the Cafeteria where Fort Worth Music History Was Made
Smiting a Sinful World
The Texan Who Played Cowboy for America
Amon's Will Be Done
And Flights of Harlots Sing Thee to Thy Rest
From Fort Worth: A Frontier Triumph
From Prime Suspect
From When Panthers Roared: The Fort Worth Cats and Minor League Baseball
From Where the River Bends
For Dead Tom Copeland
Beauty is Elsewhere
Fort Worth
From Baja Oklahoma
From Fast Copy
From Guts: Legendary Black Rodeo Cowboy Bill Pickett
From Billy Rose Presents ... Casa Manana
Brooklyn Heights - The Name Is Gone, but Memories Remain
Fifty-seven Years of Burgers, Done Leta's Way
The Last Call for Law and Disorder at the Albatross
Magic Coins
From Thistle Hill, The History and the House
From Sweetie Ladd's Historic Fort Worth
Fort Worth in the Sixties
A West Side Story
From Horseman, Pass By
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Where the West Begins
From Fort Worth that IS the Cowtown - Without Cows
From Grinning in His Mashed Potatoes
From an unpublished memoir
From North of the River, A Brief History of North Fort Worth
From A Hundred Years of Heroes: A History of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show
Fort Worth Through the Storefront Windows
The Reeder School
From Credit Union Is Needed Because of Banks' Greed
Riverside Was Special Then, and Is Becoming So Again
From Fort Worth, a Novel
From Texas Signs On: The Early Days of Radio and Television
From But Not For Love
From Cowtown
From Old River High
Ghost of Christmas Past
War in Our Time
University Drive
You Can't Get There from Here
Of Time and The Drag
From Reminiscences of the Early Days of Fort Worth
From Celebrity
This Emerald Season
By Dawn's Early Light, It Looks Sleepy
From Jewish Stars in Texas
From And Here's To Charley Boyd
Colonial Parkway
Where the Western Begins
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