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Elmer Kelton

Author of more than forty Westerns, the writer Elmer Kelton depicted the South Texas Plains with both romance and realism. These were qualities that Kelton knew well, having spent his entire life in the region. Kelton once explained, "I can't write about heroes seven feet tall and invincible. I write about people five feet eight and nervous."

Image: Portrait of Elmer Kelton.

Audio: Houston Public Media

Portrait of Elmer Kelton