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A.C. Greene's 50+ Best Books on Texas

A. C. Green has left us, but his love of Texas, its various parts, its history and literature lives through his bright and lively work. Greene, in his literate and plainspoken way, gave us the great gift of a guide to Texas literature in 1982, "The 50 Best Books on Texas" and in the 1998 revised version, The 50+ Best Books on Texas". We at Texas Star Books try to keep copies from Greene's list on hand. Some are easier to find than others, so we may not have them all. To view his picks, click on the book title. Look for the book, itself in our inventory, too!
 
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We're proud of our selection of Texana, Texas History, American History and Military History. We also have a great selection of original WWII posters.
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1 Celebrating the Literary Heritage of Texas
Upper Saddle River, NJ Prentice Hall Press 2000 0130501166 / 9780130501165 First Edition Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Collection of stories, poems, essays on or about Texas - by Texas authors. Introduction by Don Graham. 1st Ed., 1st Ed. 124 pp. Decorative boards - no dust jacket. Copy is bright, crisp, tight and clean. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2 Soundings: Writings from the Rice Institute
Houston, TX Anson Jones Press 1953 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
This is #19 of a limited edition of 500. Sponsored by the Owen Wister Literary Society. This copy was owned by one contributor who became a professor of literature at TCU. Signed by several of contributors. Selections from writers who were students at the time, 1953, or had association with the Rice Institute, including William Goyen, David Westheimer and a poem by James Dickey, "Utterance I" - very early book appearance of a Dickey poem. 159 pp. Tight copy with a number of clippings and photos taped to end papers which has caused ghosting. Light wear on corners and spine ends. Dust jacket has price intact and is bright with some small creases. Top edge has several small, closed tears. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Barns, Florence E. Texas Writers of Today
Dallas Tardy Publishing Company 1935 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
513 pp. Tight copywith clean text block. Page edges have some foxing, as do a few pages on front and rear of book. Fold out Literary Map of Texas attached to rear paste down paper is intact. Dust jacket is simple brown paper with price on front panel. Top edge of spine and front panel has some chipping with some loss. Bottom rear corner of spine has a small chip. There are a few small spots. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 Baxter Black Coyote Cowboy Poetry
Denver Coyote Cowboy Company 1986 0939343002 / 9780939343003 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Don Gill, Bob Black & Friends 
Self-described as cowboy, cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team roper, Black's humor and poetry kept me smiling as I tried to write this description. Each poem is illustrated by different artists, including Texas cartoonist Ace Reid. Oversized format - 8 1/2"W X 11 1/2"H. Bright, crisp and clean with minor wear to boards. Dust jacket has light edgewear and creasing on spine ends. Rear top hinge area has closed 1/2" tear. Light rubbing shows on blue portions, on flap folds and hinge edges. Spine is slightly faded from sun. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Betsy Feagan Colquitt, Editor A Part of Space: Ten Texas Writers
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1969 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good++ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
#289 of 300 Presentation Copies for Friends of TCU (printed on verso of last page, 179) Collection of prose and poetry by such outstanding Texas writers as Larry McMurtry, John Howard Griffin, Bud Shrake, and John Graves with preface by Jim W. Corder. 179 pp. Book is crisp and has slight right lean. A little bumping on spine ends and light foxing on page edges. Dust jacket is bright with slight corner and spine end wear. Front panel has a light red mark, about 1/2" on top edge in center. Rear panel shows a little rubbing and there are a few small spots near rear hinge. Now in protective cover. Very nice & collectible copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Billy Bob Hill, Editor Texas Short Stories
Dallas, TX Browder Springs Publishing 1997 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Trade paperback - collection of short stories by Texas writers, published and not. Tight and bright copy with slight creasing and rubbing wear on covers. Corners are bumped with a little curling, and a few pages are creased at corners. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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7 Board of Editors, Western Literature Association Updating the Literary West
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1997 0875651755 / 9780875651750 First Edition Pictorial Cover Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Clean, crisp and bright copy of this exploration of the literature of the west, from the mining camp stories to William Goyen and from Ambrose Bierce to Larry McMurtry. Issued without a dust jacket, this is a large format with 1,031 pp. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Board of Editors, Western Literature Association Updating the Literary West
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1997 0875651755 / 9780875651750 First Edition Pictorial Cover Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Clean, crisp and bright copy of this exploration of the literature of the west, from the mining camp stories to William Goyen and from Ambrose Bierce to Larry McMurtry. Issued without a dust jacket, this is a large format with 1,031 pp. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 Edna Ferber Giant
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1952 First Edition Cloth Good+ No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Edna Ferber's classic tale of cattle and oil rich Texas and its awakening to its own inequities of race -- of such grand scale that the epic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean is among the greatest ever! Book is tight with edgewear and bumping. Black cloth boards show slight spotting, and spine is a little bumped with silver print of title and author faded and rubbed. End papers have some yellowing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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10 Finley M. K. Foster and Homer A. Watt Voices of Liberty
New York Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. 1941 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Collection of writing from great documents, and writers on freedom and democracy. Tight and bright copy. Slight corner bumping, page end soiling from shelf and two very small spots on burnt orange front board. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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11 Graham, Don Texas: A Literary Portrait
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Corona Pub Co 1985 0931722403 / 9780931722400 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Blakely, Nell, Photography 
A study of Texas in literature in 6 chapters containing the work of serious writers, some Texans, some not, in 243 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. Very nice copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 James P. White, Editor The Bicentennial Collection of Texas Short Stories
Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Center for Writers Press 1974 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Collection of stories by 25 contemporary Texas authors including William Goyen, Max Apple, Mary Gray Hughes, Marshall Terry, Walter MacDonald and Sylvan Karchmer.Signed and inscribed to previous owner by Editor, Jim White on Preface page. 198 pp. Trade paperback with dust jacket. Book is crisp and bright with minor wear to wrapper. Minor page end soiling. Clean interior. White dust jacket has minor edgewear, a small snag near the bottom of front hinge and slight rubbing and faint discoloration. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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13 Jim W. Corder, Editor Shakespeare 1964
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1965 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
By participants in the quadricentennial celebration at TCU of Shakespeare's birth. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Book is crisp and clean with light wear to boards. Very slight edgewear to brown cloth boards with gilt print. Foxing beginning on page ends. Cream colored dust jacket has creasing along top edge with 1" closed tear near top corner and a 3/4" tear at rear top hinge. some corner chipping. Back of jacket has some soiling. 
Price: 19.50 USD
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14 Kelton, Elmer There's Always Another Chance And Other Stories
San Angelo, TX Fort Concho Museum Press 1986 0938036084 / 9780938036081 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Six time winner of the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and two time winner of the Western Heritage Award for "The Good Old Boys" and "The Time It Never Rained". These are his short stories and a novelette published by the Fort Concho Museum Press in Kelton's home town of San Angelo, TX. Signed by Kelton on front free end paper and inscribed to previous owners, whose label is on front paste-down page. Cloth boards are clean, book is tight and crisp. Dust jacket has price intact. Light corner and edge wear with slight rubbing on flap folds. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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15 Mavis Batey Alice's Adventures in Oxford
Andover, UK Pitkin Pictorials 1991 Reprint Soft Cover Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Story of Alice Liddell's friendship with 'Lewis Carroll', a mathmatics don. Guidebook of Oxford featuring "Alice's Adventures" landmarks. 32 pp. Oversize trade paper, 7"W X 10"H. with stapled spine. Bright, crisp and clean copy appears unread. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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There's a Birdie in the Cage, Sean O'Faolain
16 Sean O'Faolain There's a Birdie in the Cage
London Grayson & Grayson 1935 First Edition Cloth Very Good- Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Irish author/poet O'Faolain, this is a limited and numbered edition, #27 of 250. Green cloth boards have some wear on extreme edges and slight bumping to spine ends. Slight discoloration on outer and top edges. Top board has very slight warp. Unpaginated and opens to signature on one page. Decorative end pages have some discoloration and there is occasional foxing throughout. Dust jacket is bright with some chipping on corners and spine ends with 1/8" loss on spine top. A little tearing on edges. Light tan background shows slight staining on front top and on hinge. Light rubbing and foxing. 
Price: 130.00 USD
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17 Thomas Sutherland & Benjamin Capps, Editors Duncan Robinson, Texas Teacher & Humanist
Arlington, Tx University of Texas at Arlington 1976 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Subtitled, "Collected Writings of Duncan Robinson, professor emeritus, University of Texas at Arlington". Signed by Robinson on title page. 322 pp. Tight and crisp copy with light wear. Top page edge has spotting which has made a very small spot on the very top edge of first 40 pages. Else clean interior. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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18 Wiesepape, Betty Holland Lone Star Chapters: The Story of Texas Literary Clubs
College Station, Texas, U.S.A. Texas A & M Univ Press 2004 1585443247 / 9781585443246 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Bright, crisp, tight and clean book with slight bumpin on corners. 225 pp. Dust jacket is also bright and clean with minor edge and corner wear. Very nice copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 Willa Cather My Antonia
New York Barnes & Noble Books 1994 1566194881 / 9781566194884 3rd Printing Thus Soft Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Trade paperback of literary classic. Tight, crisp and bright copy with previous owner's name on front free end paper. Light wear on corners and very faint spotting on bottom page ends. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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20 William Goyen Had I A Hundred Mouths
New York Persea Books 1986 0892551100 / 9780892551101 1st Paperback Ed. Thus, 1st Ptg. Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Sibtitled, "New & Selected Stories 1947-1983" with an introduction by Joyce Carol Oates. Goyen, from Trinity, TX, was recognized as one of the foremost American writers - he died in 1983. This is a trade paperback - 175 pp. The spine is creased, and there is a little wear and a tiny scuff on the front wrapper. Interior is clean. Slight age yellowing to pages. Nice copy. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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