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BETTY HOLLAND WIESEPAPE. Winifred Sanford: The Life and Times of a Texas Author

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BETTY HOLLAND WIESEPAPE. Winifred Sanford: The Life and Times of a Texas Author. University of Texas Press. 194 pages; hardcover, $29.95, utexas.edu.

Winifred Sanford, one of the best early twentieth-century Texas writers, published only a handful of stories before slipping into relative obscurity. Published by H. L. Mencken in The American Mercury, many of Sanford’s stories offer a unique perspective of life in oil boomtowns. Wiesepape delves into Sanford’s previously unexamined private papers and emerges with an insightful study that sheds light on Sanford’s abbreviated career and the domestic lives of women writers of the period.