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Southwestern American Literature


Southwestern American Literature is a biannual scholarly journal that includes literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and book reviews concerning the Greater Southwest.

Since its inception in 1971, the journal has published premier works by and about some of the most significant writers of the region.

Southwestern American Literature is indexed in The MLA International Bibliography, which can be found in most North American and European higher-education institutions, and Humanities International Complete, which can be found in libraries throughout North America.

ISSN 0049-1675

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Current Issue: Volume 40. Number 1 - Fall 2014

There are many different sides to America and so there are going to be many (and not just one) great American novels.  For me, a kid from the Sonoran desert, Horseman, Pass By is my great American novel.  I become fifteen again every time I read that opening line: “I remember how green the early oat fields were, that year, and how the plains looked in April, after the mesquite leafed out.”  Not many books can do that. 

I mention all of this because it is a big honor to bring to you an interview with the man himself—the Texas Trollope—Mr. Larry McMurtry.  The interview is conducted by Sara Spurgeon who teaches literature of the American West and Southwest at Texas Tech University.  I am sure you will enjoy what Mr. McMurtry has to say about novels, movies, and technology.  If you still aren’t satisfied then you should check out Mark Busby’s review of McMurtry’s latest novel, The Last Kind Words Saloon.

Fall 2014