THIS STUBBORN SOIL.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1966. 307,pp. Endpaper maps. Green cloth. First edition. INSCRIBED to Lon Tinkle, noted Dallas literary figure. Book is very good+. The dust jacket has two short tears (closed with archival tape) and a “8-17” written in crayon on the front flap, except as noted very good. Greene, 50 Best Books on Texas p. 43: “This Stubborn Soil is not a Texas success story; it is a story of determination to survive---to survive in a world that is suddenly, and fearsomely, changing. The fact that it is witty, rollicking, and full of appealing innocence places it in a secure literary niche.” The author gives an account of his childhood and youth in the tiny town of Pin Hook, near the Oklahoma border. He describes his struggle with extreme poverty on difficult land and his desperate desire for an education. An exceptionally desirable copy of an important book.