The Texas Book: Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University

Paperback | October 15, 2012

EditorRichard A. Holland

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As the University of Texas at Austin celebrates its 125th anniversary, it can justly claim to be a "university of the first class," as mandated in the Texas Constitution. The university's faculty and student body include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur "genius award," and Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, as well as members of learned societies all over the world. UT's athletic programs are said to be the best overall in the United States, and its libraries, museums, and archives are lauded in every educated part of the world. Texas alumni have made their marks in law, engineering, geology, business, journalism, and all fields of the sciences, arts, and entertainment.

The Texas Book gathers together personality profiles, historical essays, and first-person reminiscences to create an informal, highly readable history of UT. Many fascinating characters appear in these pages, including visionary president and Ransom Center founder Harry Huntt Ransom, contrarian English professor and Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie, legendary regent and lightning rod Frank C. Erwin, and founder of the field of Mexican American Studies, Américo Paredes. The historical pieces recall some of the most dramatic and challenging episodes in the university's history, including recurring attacks on the school by politicians and regents, the institution's history of segregation and struggles to become a truly diverse university, the sixties' protest movements, and the Tower sniper shooting. Rounding off the collection are reminiscences by former and current students and faculty, including Walter Prescott Webb, Willie Morris, Betty Sue Flowers, J. M. Coetzee, and Barbara Jordan, who capture the spirit of the campus at moments in time that defined their eras.

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As the University of Texas at Austin celebrates its 125th anniversary, it can justly claim to be a "university of the first class," as mandated in the Texas Constitution. The university's faculty and student body include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur "genius award," and Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, ...

Richard A. Holland was a bibliographer in the University of Texas General Libraries for sixteen years and also the founding curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University–San Marcos. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 11 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029274546X

ISBN - 13:9780292745469

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Richard A. HollandProfilesJ. Frank Dobie: A Reappraisal Don GrahamThe Woman Who Ran Ransom's University Harold BillingsSome Blues for a Trio Chad OliverA Particular Friend of Shakespeare's William HauptmanOn Richard Fleming: Tribute to Richard T. Fleming at Memorial Services, March 16, 1973 Joe B. FrantzThirteen Ways of Looking at Chairman Frank Richard A. HollandAmérico Paredes and Rancho UT Austin José LimónThe Week James Michener Died James MagnusonHistoryGeorge W. Brackenridge, George W. Littlefield, and the Shadow of the Past Richard A. HollandWhen the Poor Boys Ruled the Campus: A Requiem for B. Hall David DettmerCampus Architecture: The Heroic Decades Lawrence SpeckBlacks Challenge the White University Michael L. GilletteGoing Towards a Great Library at Texas: Harry Ransom's Acquisition of the T. E. Hanley Collection Richard OramThe University Interscholastic League and the Integration of Texas High School Athletics Bobby HawthorneThe View from the Tower John SchwartzDesegregation, Affirmative Action, and the Ten-Percent Law Douglas LaycockReminiscencesFrom Cottonwood to the Capital: The University Years Meade F. GriffinThe Search for William E. Hinds Walter Prescott WebbFrom Mississippi to Texas and Back Willie MorrisHairy Ranger, Wonder Wart-hog, and the Sweet Young Thing: Interviews with Texas Ranger Editors Frank Stack and Pat Brown Richard A. HollandThe Times They Were A'Changin' Betty Sue FlowersRemembering Texas J. M. CoetzeeThe Last Bastion Julius WhittierConviction Values: Two Speeches Barbara Jordan

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An utterly fascinating tour through both the triumphs and the warts of UT’s story. . . . It is absorbing reading for anyone who has a fascination, either loyal, antagonistic, or mixed, with the sprawling empire situated in the heart of our city and state.