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John Graves, Writer

5 August 2010 at 9:04:05 PM

Many of us who are old enough and Texan enough, in the old way, know the writings of John Graves, a fifty-year resident of Somervell County. He lives here on a piece of 'hard scrabble' land with his wife, Jane, and is considered to be one of our state's most eloquent writers. He is a Texas treasure.

Tomorrow will be his 90th birthday, an accomplishment for any mere human, and a reassuring presence for those of us who appreciate his understanding and perspective on life, the land and the people who inhabited it.

For those of you who are too young or too new to have discovered John's books, please do yourselves a favor and read what he has to say. His most iconic book is Goodbye to a River. His others, like Hard Scrabble and Blue and Some Other Dogs, as well as others, are excellent, too. I believe that a business here on The Square, Over-the-Hill, carries some of his writing. Check it out.

Also, for an interesting article from Texas Monthly, follow this link:


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1 - salon   5 Aug 2010 @ 9:18:37 PM 

Happy Birthday, John Graves! I love the book Goodbye to a River, it's one of my favorites. I've also read part of Hard Scrabble and related because my land is just like his:). So funhy-I was looking at some clip art books the other day and ran across this photography book of cowboys in Texas. I was looking at it and the introduction was written by John Graves!

Here's to a long, long and happy life!

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2 - humanbeing   5 Aug 2010 @ 10:22:36 PM 

Update: The former Bookshelf On The Square has some of John's books, inside of Over-the- Hill Antiques, which is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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