PREFACES by J. Frank Dobie


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A rewarding collection of prefaces to others' books about the old West, which reveals both Dobie's extensive knowledge of the subject and a keener critical sense than some of his easygoing grab bags of anecdote and folk history have indicated. Here he pays tribute to mainly forgotten fiction and chronicles: Andy Adams' Log of a Cowboy (1903); the articles of Jack Potter, with their ""original shagginess and cowpen flavor""; Charles Siringo's A Texas Cowboy (1885), ""the second range book of any significance""; and others. And among those whose work is memorable for its fidelity to Western life as it was really lived, are three artists: Jim Williams, the Out Our Way cartoonist, Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. The late Frank Dobie was essentially more of a colorful regional writer and raconteur than historian, but these prefaces offer a valuable checklist of solid source material about the plains and ranch life Dobie loved and knew so well.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1975
Publisher: Little, Brown