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The Resource Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land, John Graves

Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land, John Graves

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Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land
Title
Hard scrabble
Title remainder
observations on a patch of land
Statement of responsibility
John Graves
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
John Graves named it Hard Scrabble when he bought it--400 acres of rough Texas hill country at the far edge of what used to be the old Cotton Kingdom until overcropping, drouth, and hard winds stripped away most of the good dirt. Here Graves brought his family, built a house, raised goats and cattle, struggled with hardwood brush, cultivated some fields, leaving the rest to the dominion of the wild... In this book he makes us feel and understand his gradual commitment to this countryside--how, little by little, he came to feel part of it, came to know its rocky ledges, earth and growing things, its scrub, cedar, and johnsongrass, its wolves, snakes, and wheeling buzzards, its special idiosyncrasies of light and weather. Always there is a sense of its past, "weighted with human remembrance"-- of Indians who long ago camped there, of bootleggers hiding out, of cotton farmers, of logger. There are wonderful stories of local people like old T.J. Mayes, "the fairest of the Laws," and Bill Macauley, who in a fight would "get him a bear hug on a man and then commence to eating"--all of them, like the author himself, living lives inextricably bound to this "patch of land." "Inside me," Graves writes, "there had always been the incipient disease of the land. I had never managed to purge myself of the simple yeoman notion that grass and crops and trees and livestock and wild things and water mattered somehow supremely, that you were not whole unless you had stake in them, a daily knowledge of them." This knowledge he now shares. Profoundly knowing, set forth in a prose as sinewy as the tough cedar standing on Somervell County hillsides, his new book--like his wonderful Goodbye to a River--seems certain to become a classic -- Book jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
917.64/521/036
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Index
no index present
LC call number
S521.5.T4
LC item number
G7 1974
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land, John Graves
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Jacket photo by William D. Wittliff"--Dust jacket
Contents
By way of introduction -- A comment -- Used to be -- The forging of a squireen -- Of the lay of things, and a creek -- Ghosts -- A rooted population -- An irrelevance -- Hoof and paw, tooth and claw, little creatures everywhere -- His chapter -- Helpers -- 2 x 4 -- Another irrelevance -- The war with Mother N. -- Interlude -- The war resumed -- What happened to Mother N.'s own boy? -- Reality as viewed darkly through old snuff-bottle shards
Control code
793476
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 267 pages
Isbn
9780394483863
Lccn
73021857
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of James K. Greer, 1988. Author's signed presentation copy to James K. Greer, Aug. 1987. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): From the library of Preston and Mary Sue Jones, gift of the Jones family, 1993 (Access. No. 93-071). With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1991 (Access. No. 91-090). Front free end-paper signed by author; ANS, 12/12/87 on p. [i]. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Signed by Graves. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 6 (SW Writers): 3rd printing, 1980. Purchased, 2004. From the library of Ron Querry. Author's inscribed presentation copy for Ron Querry, Dec. 1982. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 7 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026). Laid-in: notice of Graves' lecture at SMU. Author's inscribed copy. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 8 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Item laid in: 1 book plate. With covered dust jacket.
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Label
Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land, John Graves
Publication
Note
"Jacket photo by William D. Wittliff"--Dust jacket
Contents
By way of introduction -- A comment -- Used to be -- The forging of a squireen -- Of the lay of things, and a creek -- Ghosts -- A rooted population -- An irrelevance -- Hoof and paw, tooth and claw, little creatures everywhere -- His chapter -- Helpers -- 2 x 4 -- Another irrelevance -- The war with Mother N. -- Interlude -- The war resumed -- What happened to Mother N.'s own boy? -- Reality as viewed darkly through old snuff-bottle shards
Control code
793476
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 267 pages
Isbn
9780394483863
Lccn
73021857
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of James K. Greer, 1988. Author's signed presentation copy to James K. Greer, Aug. 1987. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): From the library of Preston and Mary Sue Jones, gift of the Jones family, 1993 (Access. No. 93-071). With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1991 (Access. No. 91-090). Front free end-paper signed by author; ANS, 12/12/87 on p. [i]. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Signed by Graves. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 6 (SW Writers): 3rd printing, 1980. Purchased, 2004. From the library of Ron Querry. Author's inscribed presentation copy for Ron Querry, Dec. 1982. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 7 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026). Laid-in: notice of Graves' lecture at SMU. Author's inscribed copy. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 8 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Item laid in: 1 book plate. With covered dust jacket.
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