Thirty-three Years, Thirty-three Works
Celebrating the Contributions of F. E. Abernethy, Texas Folklore Society Secretary-Editor, 1971-2004 (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society #71)
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Francis Edward “Ab” Abernethy served as the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society for over three decades, managing the organization’s daily operations and helping it grow. He edited two dozen volumes of the PTFS series and wrote the three volumes of the Society’s history. This publication of the Texas Folklore Society celebrates Ab Abernethy’s years of leadership in collecting, preserving, and presenting the folklore of Texas and the Southwest. The prefaces to some of the more memorable edited volumes are included, along with articles he wrote on music, teaching, anecdotes about historical figures and events, and “cultural” examinations of the things we hold dear. In all, these pieces tell us what was important to Ab. In part, these topics are also what was—and still is—important to the Texas Folklore Society.
Praise For Thirty-three Years, Thirty-three Works: Celebrating the Contributions of F. E. Abernethy, Texas Folklore Society Secretary-Editor, 1971-2004 (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society #71)…
"Occasional black-and-white photographs and an index enrich this insightful tribute and tour of the contributions that Francis Abernethy made to the Texas Folklore Society. Thirty-Three Years, Thirty-Three Works is a joy to browse, worthy of extended reflection. Highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"'Snake Lore' is representative of Ab's style. The essay begins with Ab's personal acquaintance with snakes, moves to the role of the snake in the Bible, and hooks on to ancient mythology before telling the reader how to catch a snake, then finishes with 'tales.'"--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
University of North Texas Press, 9781574416558, 384pp.
Publication Date: December 26, 2016
About the Author
KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University, and is now an associate professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. KIRA E. MORT is an assistant in the Texas Folklore Society office.