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- DescriptionThe huge man-fig tree that sits on the town square in the fictional Coastal Bend town of Thornham (probably West Columbia) is the gathering place for the town's male gossips. Under this tree reputations are made and broken, rumors are spread, and a twisted folk history of the town is created. Under the Man-Fig, by Mollie Moore Davis, a popular late-nineteenth century poet, velist, and historian, is part romance, realism, color, and satire. The idea that men are the purveyors of gossip rings a change on the usual cliche that women are the worst rumor-mongers. Davis' main characters, drawn mostly from Victorian romance, are true to the genre, and her African Americans borrow heavily from the moonlight-and-maglias format of many vels about the Old South. But there are many things in the vel that make it important to early Texas writing. The Juneteenth scene with its interesting center figger captures a part of folklore t often seen. And the flavor of life just rth of the Texas Gulf Coast is rarely captured in fiction. In 1895, the year Under the Man-Fig was published, there was t a large body of Texas writing besides the Wild West tales published in dime vels. Davis' vel was more realistic than the shoot-em-ups that featured bold cowboys and degenerate or bloodthirsty Indians. Davis' mixture of realism and romance appealed to the audience of the times but has long since been overwhelmed by the Texas of the wild frontier.
- Author BiographyMollie Evelyn Moore Davis was born in Talladega, Alabama, in 1844 but came to Texas in her childhood. In 1879, she moved from Texas to New Orleans when her husband became editor of the Daily Picayune. She continued to write about Texas until her death in 1909.
- Author(s)Mollie Evelyn Moore Davis
- PublisherTexas Christian University Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication30/08/2000
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleTexas Tradition Series
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.28
- Place of PublicationFort Worth
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas Christian University Press,U.S.
- Weight318 g
- Width180 mm
- Height120 mm
- Spine25 mm
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