William A. Owens
Owens was born in Pin Hook, Lamar County, Texas. He was born into rural poverty, his father died when he was only a few days old and was educated at a one-room school. He worked his way through college attending East Texas State Normal College in Commerce (now Texas A&M-Commerce), Paris Junior College and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in English in 1932. He received a PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 1941.
In 1940, Owens made a live recording of Roosevelt "Grey Ghost" Williams singing "Hitler Blues," a song written by Williams. The song received mention in TIME magazine and was broadcast by BBC Radio on a program hosted by Alistair Cooke in 1940 about the American musical response to World War II. This recording was instrumental to the development of Williams' career.
- Slave Mutiny: The Revolt of the Schooner Amistad (1953) An account of the slave rebellion on the schooner La Amistad ISBN 1-57478-004-2
- Look to the River (New York, Atheneum, 1963) OCLC 912982145
- This Stubborn Soil: A Frontier Boyhood (1966) An autobiographical account of growing up in Pin Hook, Texas
- Three Friends: Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb (1969), Garden City, New York: Doubleday
- A Season of Weathering (1973)
- Eye-Deep in Hell (1989) An autobiographical account of his time in the intelligence service in the Philippines
- Handbook of Texas Online
- William T Pilkington William A Owens, Southwest Writers Series (Number 17, 1968)