James Frank Dobie (James Frank Dobie)

James Frank Dobie

Writer, Educator. Born in Live Oak County, Texas, his ranching heritage became an early influence on his character and personality. His book “Vaguero of the Brush County” (1929), established him as a spokesman of Texas and southwestern culture. His many other writings included “Colorado’s Children” (1931), “Tales of the Mustang” (1936), “The Flavor of Texas” (1936), “Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver” (1939) and “Tongues of the Monte” (1947). Dobie was the Texas state’s leading spokesman and literary and cultural figure during the Texas Centennial decade. He spent World War II teaching American literature in Cambridge and after the war he returned to Europe to teach in England, Germany and Austria. After his lectures of the 1940s, he returned to writing with the publication of “The Voice of the Coyote” (1949), “The Ben Lilly Legend” (1950), “The Mustangs” (1952), “Tales of the Old Time Texas” (1955), “Up the Trail From Texas” (1955) and “I’ll Tell You a Tale” (1960). Before he died he published “Cow People” (1964), his last manuscript. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Parents:  Richard Jonathan Dobie (1858 – 1920)  Ella Jayne Byler Dobie (1861 – 1948)  Spouse:  Bertha McKee Dobie (1890 – 1974)*  Sibling:  James Frank Dobie (1888 – 1964)  Henry Gladstone Dobie (1898 – 1963)* *Calculated relationship


  • September, 26, 1888
  • USA


  • September, 09, 1964
  • USA


  • Texas State Cemetery
  • Texas
  • USA

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