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The nameless settlement deep in the East Texas forest was truly paradise—until a young bride took a forbidden sliver from the gold log that spanned a nearby creek; whereupon the log disappeared into the water, bride and groom were banished, and hard times fell upon all. And thus, the story goes, was paradise lost in East Texas. Like the more than a dozen other contributions in this volume, "The Golden Log" typifies the combined universality and fresh and authentic regional flavor of southwestern lore and legend. Here are tales of early Texas days, told as they were told of old: "Thirteen Tales from Houston County" by Theodore B. Brunner; "Homemade Tales" by Richard M. Rivers; "Cuentos de Susto," by Baldemar A. Jimenex; and many others. On the contemporary scene are "The Petroleum Geologist: A Folk Image" by Mody Boatright and "The Changing Concept of the Negro Hero" by Roger Abrahams. Paul Patterson gives us "Cowboy Comedians and Horseback Humorists," and A. L. Bennett "Joe Say, Wit and Storyteller" for samples of native southwestern humor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. The Golden Log: An East Texas Paradise Lost
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  1. Thirteen Tales from Houston County
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  1. Homemade Tales
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  1. Joe Sap, Wit and Storyteller
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  1. Tarantula Lore
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  1. The Mystery of the Five Graves
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  1. The Petroleum Geologist: A Folk Image
  2. pp. 58-72
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  1. From Flygap to Whybark: Some Unusual Texas Place Names
  2. pp. 73-98
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  1. Cowboy Comedians and Horseback Humorists
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  1. Superstitions in Vermilion Parish
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  1. The Changing Concept of the Negro Hero
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  1. Don Juan Zurumbete
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  1. Work and Play on a Border Ranch
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  1. Cuentos de Susto
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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  1. National Endowment for the Humanities Funding Information
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574411102
Related ISBN
9781574411102
MARC Record
OCLC
1142296989
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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