Dorothy Scarborough, from a 1918 publication.
|Born||January 27, 1878|
Mount Carmel, Texas
|Died||November 7, 1935 (aged 57)|
New York City
|Occupation||Writer, professor and literary critic|
|Literary movement||American folklore|
|Notable works||The Wind|
Scarborough was born in Mount Carmel, Texas. At the age of four she moved to Sweetwater, Texas for her mother's health, as her mother needed the drier climate. The family soon left Sweetwater in 1887, so that the Scarborough children could get a good education at Baylor College.
Academics and writing
While receiving her PhD from Columbia, she wrote a dissertation, "The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction (1917)". Sylvia Ann Grider writes in a critical introduction  the dissertation "was so widely acclaimed by her professors and colleagues that it was published and it has become a basic reference work."
Dorothy Scarborough came in contact with many writers in New York, including Edna Ferber and Vachel Lindsay. She taught creative writing classes at Columbia. Among her creative writing students were Eric Walrond, and Carson McCullers, who took her first college writing class from Scarborough.
|Library resources about |
|By Dorothy Scarborough|
- Fugitive Verses (1912), original verses
- The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction (1917); available in its entirety at Google Book Search
- From a Southern Porch (1919), viewable in full at Google Book Search or viewable at the Portal to Texas History
- Humorous Ghost Stories (1921) Free download from Project Gutenberg
- In the Land of Cotton (1923)
- The Wind (1925), considered her most acclaimed work.
- The Unfair Sex (serialized, 1925–26)
- Impatient Griselda (1927)
- Can't Get a Redbird (1929)
- Stretch-Berry Smile (1932)
- The Story of Cotton (1933) juvenile reader
- Selected Short Stories of Today (1935)
- Song Catcher in Southern Mountains; American Folk Songs of British Ancestry (1937, posthumous)
- On the Trail of Negro Folksongs (1925) available at archive.org
Biographical Essay on the Handbook of Texas Online Foreword to The Wind by Sylvia Ann Grider, Barker Texas History Center series, University of Texas Press, 1979.
- Foreword to The Wind by Sylvia Ann Grider, Barker Texas History Center series, University of Texas Press, 1979.