Books: Folklorist Abroad

A TEXAN IN ENGLAND — J. Frank Dobie —Little, Brown ($2.50).

No pallid scholar is Professor J. (for James) Frank Dobie. In his years as head of the University of Texas English Department, the silver-haired, granite-faced, panther-hunting professor has spent about as much time in the shade of ranchers' chuck wagons in Texas, swapping yarns of gold strikes and bad men and vanishing longhorns, as he has in the university library. "Somehow ' or other," he once said, "I have been able to get to the heart of common people and rob them of their stories." Professor Dobie's many books on...

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