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Published in GREAT PLAINS QUARTERLY 25:4 (Fall 2005). Copyright © 2005 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Throughout much of the twentieth century, Texas literature, like that of other Great Plains states, was largely rural in setting and perspective. The period from the 1920s through the 1950s has been dubbed, by one Texas critic, the "Age of Dobie," in reference to J. Frank Dobie, once the most famous litterateur in the state. Dobie wrote about ranching, lost mines and buried treasure, and the Southwestern folk tradition, and was much admired and much imitated by other Texas writers. That began to change in the early 1960s.