The Way I Heard It

The Way I Heard It

by Walter Fulcher
     
 

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The folklore of Texas' Big Bend region was still in the making during Walter Fulcher's lifetime. Born in Lampasas County in 1887, he worked on the Martin Ranch near Sheffield when a young man. There he witnessed events in the last outlaw activities of the Black Jack Ketchum gang.

He also listened to legends told almost as gossip, and some of the legendary figures

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The folklore of Texas' Big Bend region was still in the making during Walter Fulcher's lifetime. Born in Lampasas County in 1887, he worked on the Martin Ranch near Sheffield when a young man. There he witnessed events in the last outlaw activities of the Black Jack Ketchum gang.

He also listened to legends told almost as gossip, and some of the legendary figures were still alive—or said to be alive, usually in hiding. In every village there was sure to be some ancient with a good memory and a better imagination, and Walter Fulcher heard many versions of many tales. He has set them down as he heard them, as simple folk tales that reflect the color of a wild and vivid country in 400 years of its settlement.

The book has been edited, with introduction and notes, by Elton Miles, Professor of English at Sul Ross State College.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
This collection by Walter Fulcher, edited by Elton Miles, is far better than most assortments of folklore, having the ring of authenticity.... attractively printed and beautifully illustrated with photographs of the spectacular Big Bend country.
True West
These tales are plain wonderful and make you wish there were more.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
All who love that wild land and its tall tales will enjoy an hour or so with this self-taught and unpretentious raconteur.
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Imagination, artistry, careful and perceptive research, and skillful writing all combine to make this a moving and convincing portrait of a man and his times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292790278
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1959
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
1,261,262
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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