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The Resource Alex Sweet's Texas : the lighter side of Lone Star history, by Alexander Edwin Sweet ; edited by Virginia Eisenhour

Alex Sweet's Texas : the lighter side of Lone Star history, by Alexander Edwin Sweet ; edited by Virginia Eisenhour

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Alex Sweet's Texas : the lighter side of Lone Star history
Title
Alex Sweet's Texas
Title remainder
the lighter side of Lone Star history
Statement of responsibility
by Alexander Edwin Sweet ; edited by Virginia Eisenhour
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Alexander Edwin Sweet (1841-1901) is Texas's own "Sifter," whose humorous columns appeared in the Galveston Daily News in the late 1870s and early 1880s. In his wickedly funny, tongue-in-cheek sketches, readers learned of an astonishing variety of frontier phenomena, some familiar, others downright odd. For example, there was the typical nineteenth-century custom of New Year's Day receptions for bachelor guests only, with refreshments consisting largely of strong drink and equally strong fruitcake. Imbibing a bit more cheer at each stop, according to Sweet, the bachelors brought the last prospective sweethearts they visited New Year's greetings as incoherent as they were heartfelt. At times Sweet parodied the Yankee image of the typical Texan, whom he described as "half alligator, half human," eating raw buffalo and toting an arsenal of weaponry like a "perambulating gun-rack." But he also did as much as any writer to establish and enlarge upon the national image of Texas and Texans. Even the irascible red ant and the other "critters" in Sweet's column were Texas big and Texas-fabulous! In 1881 Sweet co-founded Texas Siftings, a humor magazine that moved from Austin to New York to become one of the most popular periodicals of its kind in the United States. From Texas Siftings, from Sweet's two published books (one called by John Jenkins in Basic Texas Books the "best volume of 19th century Texas humor"), and from many never-before-collected newspaper columns, editor Virginia Eisenhour has assembled an Alex Sweet sampler that presents the very best of the timeless humorist's work. The result{u2014}Alex Sweet's Texas{u2014}clearly demonstrates why the New York Journal pronounced Sweet "second to no living writer in freshness, originality, sparkling wit, and refined humor." A century later, that wit still sparkles and is guaranteed to delight Texans present as it once did Texans past.
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Amazon.com
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DLC
Dewey number
976.4
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F386.6
LC item number
.S94 1986
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Alex Sweet's Texas : the lighter side of Lone Star history, by Alexander Edwin Sweet ; edited by Virginia Eisenhour
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Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [189]-192
Control code
12584545
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 202 p.
Isbn
9780292703827
Lccn
85022746
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Clarence Schultz, 2010 (Access. No. 2010-111). With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Rollow Newsom, 2011 (Acccess. No. 2011-004). Paperbound.
Other physical details
ill., port.
Label
Alex Sweet's Texas : the lighter side of Lone Star history, by Alexander Edwin Sweet ; edited by Virginia Eisenhour
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [189]-192
Control code
12584545
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 202 p.
Isbn
9780292703827
Lccn
85022746
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Clarence Schultz, 2010 (Access. No. 2010-111). With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Rollow Newsom, 2011 (Acccess. No. 2011-004). Paperbound.
Other physical details
ill., port.

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