Literary Dallas (Used)


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  • By Frances Brannen Vick
  • Signed by Author
  • Texas Christian University Press, Fort Worth, Texas, 2008.
  • Hardcover. Condition: Very good. 


Known as “The Emerald City,” Dallas has its own rich heritage peculiar to its founding on the prairies and the Trinity River, and editor Frances Brannen Vick has collected a cornucopia of all things Big D in Literary Dallas, the third in TCU Press’s “literary cities” series.

There is C. C. Slaughter who helped make Dallas a banking center; John Rosenfield, who made his city a haven for performing arts; Evelyn Oppenheimer, who made her career reviewing books; not to mention Frank X. Tolbert, both Chili King, and writer.

Natalie Ornish writes of the merchants who made Dallas a city where haute couture is comme il faut, but, where, as Prudence Macintosh avers, it is also possible to live a perfectly happy life and never wear a ball gown.

Historians and journalists have interpreted the city for generations, and you will find A. C. Greene, Bob Compton, Stanley Walker, Kent Biffle, Paul Crume, and Jay Milner, among others.

The pivotal event in Dallas was the Kennedy assassination, and Vick researched the journalists, writers, poets, and observers who tackled this subject, including Jim Lehrer, Bryan Woolley, and Lawrence Wright, to name a few.

Fiction set in Dallas has been wide and deep. Authors explore various backdrops, and from a Catholic church to an English manor to local bars—and all the places in between—Dallas is covered.

About the Author:

Frances B. Vick holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University, respectively, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of North Texas. She began publishing with E-Heart Press, then became director of the University of North Texas Press. She most recently co-authored Petra’s Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy with Jane Monday. Vick is the past-president of the TIL and president of TSHA. She lives in Dallas.

Condition: A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket included. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear.

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