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Browder, H. Franklin
[Typescript, with Manuscript Corrections, of a Novella Describing Ranch Life in Early-20th Century Texas. Together with Additional Correspondence and Family Materials from the Author]
Denton, Tx, 1938. Very good.. [131]pp. Typescript on rectos only. Folio sheets, loose. Light wear and soiling, primarily at edges. Manuscript corrections and notations throughout. An apparently unpublished typescript of a story about ranch life in Texas at the turn of the century. There is substantial detail about ranch life, farming practices, and other daily activities on a ranch in Texas. The author clearly had intimate knowledge of these activities and conveys it through his fiction. Our hero, Tom Hunter, is orphaned by the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and raised by his grandmother. He attends Texas A&M where he receives a first-class education and meets the Dalton family, spending holiday break at their beautiful ranch. Tom meets a young girl while there and relates to her his dreams of cultivating the perfect ranch -- well irrigated, productive, and worked by the honest labor of his own hands. He returns home after college to his family farm, which he has inherited. While working one day, he is suddenly and inexplicably approached by Mr. Cephas Powers, who questions him thoroughly and observes his strong work ethic. Powers proposes to "buy him":"'...I infer that you are ambitious to make a reputation as a farmer and ranchman. You realize that you cannot for many years make that reputation on this ranch with your limited means and limited boundaries. ... When I say that I want to buy you, I mean just what I say. I want your whole time and all your thought and energy. ... I want you to take a tract of land and make the best ranch and farm out of it to be foun … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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