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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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1 Heritage of Dreams, Twenty-Seven Years with the Austin Poetry Society
Austin, Texas Austin Poetry Society 1976 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Scarce collection of poems by members of Austin Poetry Society covering 27 years. 3 Texas Poet Laureates are represented. 139 pp. Trade paperback is sound with creasing and slight tearing to wraps. Spine and hinge areas are sun-faded. Several inscription to previous owner on verso of front wrap. Clean interior. Some yellowing of page ends. Stated 1st Printing. 
Price: 18.50 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 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 Lamb, Mary Wright After the Badlands
Ars Poetica Press 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Signed perhaps by author, and inscribed to CEO and founder of Radio Shack, "Inscribed to Charles Tandy with affectionate regards, Mary (Connell) Jan. '75". 53 pp. Collection of poetry. Yellow boards show a little soiling/rubbing, while front board has some minor indentions. Corners and spine ends are lightly bumped. Interior pages have pale damp stain about 1" up from bottom at gutter. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 Lee, Henry G. Nothing But Praise
Culver City, CA Murray & Gee 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Poems of 1st Lt. Henry G. Lee, who survived the Bataan Death March, imprisonment at Cabanatuan and other Japanese POW camps but was killed while being shipped to Formosa aboard a 'hellship'. He buried his poetry under his barracks at Cabanatuan, and it was found after the camp was liberated by American rangers & scouts and Filippino guerillas, Jan. 1945. Lt. Lee's parent's published the poems and letters in 1948. Alice Springs, in her book, 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' said of Lee's work, "...few soldiers leave poems of such quality, but Lee's are celebrated for their restrained and remarkable beauty.". Gray-blue boards with black print showing a little rubbing. Light corner bumping and edge wear. Spine is creased and rubbed, and rear board has 1/4" oval paint spot. Some darkening of edges. Front paste down paper has previous owner's book plate.Opens to signature in a few places, but is a sturdy and clean copy. Rare hard back first printing. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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5 Melba Berry Bennett The Stone Mason of Tor House, The Life and Times of Robinson Jeffers
Ward Ritchie Press 1966 No Stated Edition Hard Cover Very Good++ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Crisp, tight and bright copy. Inscription on ffep and slight stain on bottom margin pp. 7 thru 11. Otherwise clean. Price-clipped dust jacket has chipping on corners and edges, especially at spine ends. Three instances of closed tears. Nice copy. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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6 Miller, Vassar; Bonazzi, Robert, Editor Selected and New Poems 1950-1980
Austin, Texas Latitudes Press 1981 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Initialed by author on front free end paper, V.M. 157 pp. + Index. Book is bright, crisp, tight and clean with very slight edgewear. Dust jacket is bright with very light edgewear and faint spotting where price tag was on upper right corner off front panel. Rear panel has small rubbed area. Very nice copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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7 Steagall, Red Ride for the Brand: The Poetry and Songs of Red Steagall (Signed)
Fort Worth, Texas Texas Christian University Press 1993 0875651127 / 9780875651125 First Edition Hard Cover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
From the collection of past director of TCU Press, this copy with slipcase is signed by Red Steagall and inscribed to her. 168 pp. Clean, tight, crisp and bright, as is the burnt orange slipcase. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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8 William D. Barney Long Gone to Texas
Austin Nortex Press 1986 0890155453 / 9780890155455 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Barney was Poet Laureate of Texas, 1982-1983, and this volume won the Nortex Press Book Award sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. 58 pp. Crisp, bright, clean and tight copy. Dust jacket is also bright and crisp. Spine ends show a little wear. Very nice copy. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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