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No. 2 Tongues of the Monte (1935) and A Texan in England (1945)

J. Frank Dobie

No. 2 Tongues of the Monte (1935) and A Texan in England (1945)

Perhaps these two lesser-known titles from the master of Texas letters appeal to me most because they represent Dobie out of his element, willing to spin his tales from unfamiliar threads. In Tongues, he is clearly spellbound by Sierra landscapes and quirky vaquero personalities, while his tales of British university eccentrics and pub life in Cambridge helped shape my expectations of how a Texan might navigate the English academy without coming off as superior or condescending. These books still exemplify for me the prospect of a Texas writer setting out into the greater world, whether on horseback or by some more modern transport, in search of story.

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