About

flags-and-monument.jpegAs Beverly Williams said in her 2007 thesis Born of Enthusiasm and Naivetè: A History of the "Review of Texas Books," when it comes to reviewing books, "The Athenians did it. Byron did it. Poe did it. Dorothy Parker did it. Keats died from it." Hopefully, our current reviewers are safe, as putting together an issue is very different work now than it was then. While one must still read a book, process it, and write about it, we now have email, live editing capabilities, and no hard copies, resulting in zero subscription costs.

Founded in 1985 but first published in 1986 by Beaumont resident Sally Dooley, the Review has evolved quite a bit. In 1988 Dooley partnered with the Mary & John Gray Library at Lamar University and retired in 1995. In 2000, production moved to Lamar University's Department of English & Modern Languages, and there it has remained (Williams 10-24).

We are a quarterly devoted to reviewing books published in Texas, books written by Texas authors, and books about Texas and Texans. We chiefly promote books published by small presses and individuals and books not reviewed in other media. We also strive to feature a wide range of subject matter, from Texas history and folklore, fiction and poetry, guidebooks and cookbooks, to children's books. Many of our subscribers are libraries interested in materials for general readers and for students.

We welcome outside reviewers and look forward to continuing to bring you quality reading material for many more years. This is Texas, so come hell or high water, expect an edition for each season - even if it feels like we only have two.