A collection of articles from the Texas Folklore Society. The title comes from J. Frank Dobie’s chapter on “The Traveling Anecdote.” Also included are Roy Bedichek on “Folklore in Natural History;” “The Names of Western Wild Animals,” by George D. Hendricks; “Bonny Barbara Allen,” by Joseph W. Hendren; “Aunt Cordie’s Ax and Other Motifs in Oil,” by Mody C. Boatright; “The Western Ballad and the Russian Ballada,” by Robert C. Stephenson; “The Love Tragedy in Texas-Mexican Balladry,” by Americo Paredes; “Emerson and the Language of the Folk,” by John Q. Anderson; “Tales of Neiman-Marcus,” by James Howard; “The Devil in the Big Bend,” by Elton Miles; and others.
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About the Author
Mody C. Boatright (1896–1970) served as Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society for twenty years. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, where he taught for four decades. His contributions to folklore study and the Texas Folklore Society are innumerable.
Wilson M. Hudson was the editor of the Texas Folklore Society from 1963 to 1971 after becoming associated with the Society when he began teaching at The University of Texas.
Allen Maxwell was a former editor of The Southwest Review and former book editor for The Dallas Morning News.