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J. Frank Dobie

J. Frank Dobie
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Alfred Eisenstaedt, 06 Dec 1898 - 25 Aug 1995
James Frank Dobie, 26 Sep 1888 - 18 Sep 1964
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 24.8 x 19.8 cm (9 3/4 x 7 13/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Live Oak County, Texas
Described by a fellow writer as unmistakably Texan "as a Longhorn steer," J. Frank Dobie helped to establish the southwestern United States as a subject of national importance in American literature. Beginning with the publication of A Vaquero of the Brush Country in 1929, Dobie authored more than three dozen books. For twenty-five years, he also wrote a weekly Sunday column for various Texas newspapers, where he told tales of southwestern lore and opined about issues large and small. About his gift for capturing this region's history he recalled, "somehow or other I have been able to get to the heart of common people and rob them of their stories." Before his death in 1964, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his old friend Lyndon B. Johnson. Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph dates from 1943, the year that Dobie published his landmark Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest.
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