By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer
Covers a various variety of pursuits in American literature.
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Page 27 In 1910 he published a book he cherished, for he always listed it when asked what he had written. This was A Texas Ranger,22 a work having a weak plot akin to gruel, but one with some insights into the Texans' problems as they crossed to the west of their state's boundaries. Raine followed this with Arizona Guns in 1918,23 a thinly disguised take-off on the Lincoln County War. The geography of A Texas Ranger is synthetic in that it telescopes Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas so that state boundaries are meaningless.
These feelings rooted in history have transferred themselves into the literature of New Mexico, especially in the fiction of the state. New Mexico's "unofficial first lady," Erna Fergusson, set out the metes and bounds for the exploration of this literary development when she 7 Floyd F. , "Reverse Migration in West Texas," West Texas Historical Association Year Book, 39 (October, 1963), 318. ), "Little Texas" Beginnings in Southeastern New Mexico (Roswell: Hall-Poorbaugh Press, 1973), p. vi. Page 23 published, in 1951, her New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples.
Page 14 which predates any of the specific references to Johnson's penance there are some interesting parallels. Again there is the concern with returning to the exact spot associated with the guilt. Roger Malvin has received mortal wounds in a fight with Indians and persuades the reluctant Reuben Bourne to abandon him to die in the forest alone. The older man exacts a promise from Reuben that he will return some day to bury him, and before leaving he ties a blood-stained handkerchief to the topmost bow of an oak sapling both to mark the place and to serve as a pledge that he will return.
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