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The Resource Under the man-fig, by M.E.M. Davis

Under the man-fig, by M.E.M. Davis

Label
Under the man-fig
Title
Under the man-fig
Statement of responsibility
by M.E.M. Davis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The huge man-fig tree that sits on the town square in the fictional Coastal Bend town of Thornham (probably West Columbia) is the gathering place for the town's male gossips. Under this tree reputations are made and broken, rumors are spread, and a twisted folk history of the town is created." "Under the Man-Fig is part romance, realism, local color, and satire. The idea that men are the purveyors of gossip rings a change on the usual cliche that women are the worst rumormongers. Davis's main characters, drawn mostly from Victorian romance, are true to the genre, and her African Americans borrow heavily from the moonlight-and-magnolias format of many novels about the Old South." "But there are many things in the novel that make it important to early Texas writing. The Juneteenth scene with its interesting Centre Figger captures a part of folklore not often seen. And the flavor of life just north of the Texas Gulf Goast is rarely captured in fiction." "In 1895, the year Under the Man-Fig was published, there was not a large body of Texas writing besides the Wild West tales published in dime novels. Davis's novel was more realistic than the shoot-em-ups that featured bold cowboys and degenerate or bloodthirsty Indians. Her mixture of realism and romance appealed to the audience of the times but has long since been overwhelmed by the Texas of the wild frontier
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS1516.D25
LC item number
U5 1895
Literary form
fiction
Label
Under the man-fig, by M.E.M. Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
1596163
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
323 p.
Lccn
11008224
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Relocated from the stacks. Small tear on p. 3-6. Clothbound.
Label
Under the man-fig, by M.E.M. Davis
Publication
Control code
1596163
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
323 p.
Lccn
11008224
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Relocated from the stacks. Small tear on p. 3-6. Clothbound.

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