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When Texas Female Authors Go Awry

When Texas Female Authors Go Awry

Texans love their state, that’s for sure. This is a proud place, by its heritage, its culture, and the people’s love of the land. Especially in the vast expanses of West Texas, the folks who settled it were a gritty bunch, and still are today. So what happens with a Texas female author disparages an entire area? It doesn’t go well. Which is a bit of an understatement! In 1925, Harper and Brothers published a novel called The Wind, set outside of Sweetwater, Texas.  And, they published it anonymously, as a marketing ploy. But although reviews in newspapers outside the South were favorable (one likening it to the sweeping tragedy of Russian novels), those from Texas flew into a rage. R. C. Crane, a Sweetwater lawyer and president of the West Texas Historical Society called it “a deliberate effort, by ...
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