T for Texas

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This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society contains a valuable chronological and bibliographical listing of Texas Folklore Society publications. It also includes twenty-five folk tales, including the lore of the armadillo, Texas country schoolteachers; legal lore from the courthouse; persimmon beer; classic honky tonks; Mexican lore on how to “have, hold, or free oneself of a lover”; Pecos Bill; the vampire; peyote ceremonialism; animal metaphors; Texas prison folklore; oil field jokes; and quilting, among ...
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Overview


This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society contains a valuable chronological and bibliographical listing of Texas Folklore Society publications. It also includes twenty-five folk tales, including the lore of the armadillo, Texas country schoolteachers; legal lore from the courthouse; persimmon beer; classic honky tonks; Mexican lore on how to “have, hold, or free oneself of a lover”; Pecos Bill; the vampire; peyote ceremonialism; animal metaphors; Texas prison folklore; oil field jokes; and quilting, among others.
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Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the former executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to having edited numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, he has written Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Goin' Home with the Dasypus Novemcinctus the Mystique of the Armadillo 3
The Home Place 15
A Place Against the Sky 23
My Favorite Texan and Folklore 31
Love Among the Elephant Ears & Other True Stories 43
Bill Warren of the Big Thicket 57
A Tale of Not So Long Ago 69
Night Horse Nightmare 77
Texas Country Schoolteachers: Living Proof of a Legend 85
Legal Lore from the Courthouse 95
Persimmon Beer 105
A Letter from the Long Circle 111
"The Glamor of the Gay Night Life" The Classic Honky Tonk 117
How to Have, to Hold, or Free Oneself of a Lover 127
Pecos Bill: His Genesis and Creators 135
The Vampire in an Age of Technology 149
Pull Rings, Kidney Machines, and the Oral Tradition 161
Folklorish Remnants of Peyote Ceremonialism 167
Animal Metaphors & Verbal Abuse Social Relations & Values Among German Speaking Farmers on Cypress Creek, Kerr County 177
Within the Walls Texas Prison Folklore 195
Oil Field Jokes from the Llano Estacado 211
Happy Jack and the Booger Man 219
When You Call Me That, Smile! or Folklore, Ethology, & Communication 225
Folk Stories from the Elmdale Community 233
Piecing Patches and Quilting Up a Storm 241
Chronological & Bibliographical Listings of Texas Folklore Society Publications 251
Contributors 275
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