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    J. Frank Dobie. Autograph Manuscript Signed titled "The Alamo Enters Into Immortality". Three pages, 6.25" x 9.5", n.p., [ca. 1935]. Paper is evenly toned with a two-inch square area of offsetting to the first page, intruding onto title and two lines of text. Pages have been torn from a notebook resulting in lightly ragged left edges. Some short tears to right edges. Top right corners have pin holes. On the verso of the second page are unrelated notes on The Old Three Hundred; the entire page has been crossed out with a large X. Overall, very good.

    A three-page working draft of a short piece on the battle of the Alamo. This rough draft, written in pencil and containing strikethroughs and misspellings, is, perhaps, an early version of a newspaper or magazine article, or it may merely be musings from Dobie's writer's notebook, jotted down for future use. The draft is undated, but a reference in the final paragraph to proposed uses for appropriated funds for the Texas Centennial would seem to indicate 1935 or 1936. It is signed by Dobie at the bottom of page three.

    In this manuscript Dobie writes of the immortality of the Alamo - of its participants, of the battle, and of the structure itself. In the opening paragraph he writes: "'Immortal I know not,' wrote Lawrence of Arabia. Of all the sentences that have been written by Texans and about Texas I dare predict immortality for but two. The authorship of both is in dispute, probably Reuben M. Potter made the first. It is "Thermopolae [sic] had its messenger of defeat; the Alamo had none." The second was the cry raised by the Texians at San Jacinto: 'Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad' - with its Mexican [antiphony], 'Me no Alamo! Me no Goliad!'"

    A wonderful opportunity to examine the writing and editing process of one of Texas' most acclaimed men of letters.


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