Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond

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TCU Press, 2004 - 511 Seiten
At the height of the sixties, a group of Texas writers stood apart from Texas' conservative establishment. Calling themselves the Mad Dogs, these six writers--Bud Shrake, Larry L. King, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, and Peter Gent--closely observed the effects of the Vietnam War; the Kennedy assassination; the rapid population shift from rural to urban environments; Lyndon Johnson's rise to national prominence; the Civil Rights Movement; Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys; Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, the new Outlaw music scene; the birth of a Texas film industry; Texas Monthly magazine; the flowering of "Texas Chic"; and Ann Richards' election as governor.

In Texas Literary Outlaws, Steven L. Davis makes extensive use of untapped literary archives to weave a fascinating portrait of writers who came of age during a period of rapid social change. With Davis's eye for vibrant detail and a broad historical perspective, Texas Literary Outlaws moves easily between H. L. Hunt's Dallas mansion and the West Texas oil patch, from the New York literary salon of Elaine's to the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, from Dennis Hopper on a film set in Mexico to Jerry Jeff Walker crashing a party at Princeton University. The Mad Dogs were less interested in Texas' mythic past than in the world they knew firsthand--a place of fast-growing cities and hard-edged political battles.

The Mad Dogs crashed headfirst into the sixties, and their legendary excesses have often overshadowed their literary production. Davis never shies away from criticism in this no-holds-barred account, yet he also shows how the Mad Dogs' rambunctious personae have deflected a true understanding of their deeper aims. Despite their popular image, the Mad Dogs were deadly serious as they turned their gaze on their home state, and they chronicled Texas culture with daring, wit, and sophistication.
 

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Texas Literary Outlaws
1
PART ONEComing of Age in Texas
7
A Rebel in West Texas
9
A Texas Oasis
25
The Gay Place
39
Fort Worths New Journalism
55
The Texas Beats
72
Big D Meets the Flying Punzars
84
PART THREE Texas Chic?
287
A New View of Texas
289
The Cowboy Professor
294
Live Music Capital
298
North Dallas Forty
302
The Regenerator Erection Laboratory
309
Challenging Texas
315
Changes at Sports Illustrated
320

A Gathering Force
96
A Long Way from Beaumont
109
Dallas 1963
118
PART TWO_Too Much Aint Enough 10 A New Beginning
129
The Doors of Perception
140
Literary Comanches
152
These Happy Occasions
157
The OneEyed Man
166
Cowboys and Indians
172
Harpers on the Rise
183
Obscure Famous Arthurs
188
Absurdism in the Southwest
198
Busted in the Oasis
207
Harvards White Racist
215
Land of the Permanent Wave
220
Mad Dog Texas
228
Kings Road
239
Outlaws
250
Hack Observations and Literary Feuds
259
Redneck Hippies
268
Strange Peaches
275
SemiTough
281
Texas Gonzo Journalist
325
Texas Brain Fry
334
LBJ Speed and Paranoia
341
Hollywood vs Sports Illustrated
349
Whorehouse
355
A Fraction of His Talent
363
Measures of Success
367
Hitting the Wall
374
A Recovery
381
Ever a Bridegroom
385
Third Coast
394
Faces in the Fire
397
PART FOUR How Time Slips Away
401
Jenkins
403
King
417
Cartwright
433
Shrake
441
Doing Indefinable Services to Mankind
451
Notes
460
Bibliography
492
Index
502
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Steven L. Davis received his master's degree in Southwestern studies from Texas State University-San Marcos in 1995. He has appeared often in Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review. He currently serves as the assistant curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos, which houses the literary papers of Shrake, King, Brammer, and Cartwright.

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