John Crittenden Duval

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John Crittenden Duval (1816–1897) was an American writer of Texas literature. He has been noted as being the first Texas man of letters[1] and was dubbed the "Father of Texas Literature" by J. Frank Dobie.[2] His Early Times in Texas was initially published serially in 1867 in Burke's Weekly (Macon, Georgia) and was finally published in book form in 1892. The story, which became a Texas classic, recounted Duval's escape from the Goliad Massacre, in which his own brother Burr H. Duval was killed, as well as other tales.[1]

Another brother, Thomas Howard DuVal, was a distinguished Texas judge. The men's father, William Pope Duval, was a long-time Territorial Governor of Florida.

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  1. ^ a b Dobie, J. Frank. "Duval, John Crittenden" in the Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association.
  2. ^ Graham, Don B. "Literature" in the Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved September 26, 2008.

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