Boatright et al.'s
The Golden Log
The Golden Log is now available as a free e-book at the UNT
Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.
The nameless settlement deep in the East Texas forest was truly
paradise—until a young bride took a forbidden sliver from the gold log
that spanned a nearby creek; whereupon the log disappeared into the
water, bride and groom were banished, and hard times fell upon all. And
thus, the story goes, was paradise lost in East Texas.
Like the more than a dozen other contributions in this volume, “The
Golden Log” typifies the combined universality and fresh and authentic
regional flavor of southwestern lore and legend. Here are tales of early
Texas days, told as they were told of old: “Thirteen Tales from Houston
County” by Theodore B. Brunner; “Homemade Tales” by Richard M. Rivers;
“Cuentos de Susto,” by Baldemar A. Jimenex; and many others. On the
contemporary scene are “The Petroleum Geologist: A Folk Image” by Mody
Boatright and “The Changing Concept of the Negro Hero” by Roger
Abrahams. Paul Patterson gives us “Cowboy Comedians and Horseback
Humorists,” and A. L. Bennett “Joe Say, Wit and Storyteller” for samples
of native southwestern humor.
Printed on demand. Several editions.