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Texas Women Authors: Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

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Texas Women Authors: Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey “I know now one must plan one’s old age as surely as one plans any other stage of life. The tragedy of Cousin Josie’s life is that she never knew what she wanted at any age—only what she did not want. She never wanted to marry nor to pursue a career, and in life, unlike grammar, double negatives do not produce an affirmative.” ― Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, A Woman Of Independent Means  Elizabeth started her writing career as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Later, while her husband was getting an MFA from Yale...

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Katherine Anne Porter, Author, 1890-1980

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Katherine Anne Porter, Author, 1890-1980

Katherine Anne Porter, Author, 1890-1980 Katherine Anne Porter can arguably be called Texas’ greatest writer, not merely Texas’ greatest female writer and certainly a grande dame of American literature. Her mother died when Porter was but two. She and her three siblings were raised by her paternal grandmother and a ne’er-do-well father.  Her education was sparse and sporadic. Having endured an unhappy childhood, at sixteen she married John Koontz, a neighboring rancher boy, the first of three marriages. In 1915, while recovering from...

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Jewel Henson Gibson, Author, 1904–1989

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Jewel Henson Gibson, Author, 1904–1989

Jewel Henson Gibson, Author, 1904–1989 Born in Bald Prairie, a small East Texas town, author Jewel Henson Gibson married, graduated from high school and had a child, in that order. She became a high school English teacher and eventually earned a master’s degree at the age of 46. She spent 15 years completing her first novel, Joshua Beene and God, a tongue-in-cheek story of a small town preacher.  This novel caused quite a stir within various religious communities—even within her own family. Mrs. Gibson’s mother (who herself authored several...

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Angela de Hoyos, Poet, 1940-2009

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Angela de Hoyos, Poet, 1940-2009

Angela De Hoyos 1940 – 2009 Texas Woman Authors: Angela de Hoyos was born in Coahuila, Mexico, but moved to San Antonio as a child. A political activist, her poems are considered the early fruit of the Chicano farm workers’ struggles. A unique feature of her poems is code-switching, which in linguistics is when a speaker alternates between multiples languages in a single conversation. Anglo critics dismissed this technique as demonstrating her poor command of both Spanish and English (however, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound do the same...

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Winifred Sanford, Author, 1890–1983.

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Winifred Sanford, Author, 1890–1983.

Winifred Sanford, Author, 1890–1983. Winifred Sanford’s work, which has been compared to Katherine Ann Porter’s, first appeared in January 1925 in The American Mercury, a magazine edited by H. L. Mencken. They corresponded on a regular basis, and he became her mentor. Her short stories offered vibrant pictures of life during the post World War I oil booms. Three of her stories were listed in The Best American Short Stories of 1926. A lengthy illness which kept her bedridden for a year, after which no further writings were published. She...

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