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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Contributor
Subject
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
Cataloging source
TXI
Form designation
uncorrected proof
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land :, John Graves
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
45689313
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (189 p.)
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff (SW Writers Access. No. 91-090). Signed by the author. TLS from Cynthia Johnston to Bill Wittliff (1 sheet) laid in.
Label
Hard scrabble : observations on a patch of land :, John Graves
Publication
Control code
45689313
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (189 p.)
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff (SW Writers Access. No. 91-090). Signed by the author. TLS from Cynthia Johnston to Bill Wittliff (1 sheet) laid in.

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