The Tomorrow Librarian: Harold Billings' Legacy as Director of the University of Texas Libraries 1978-2003

Texas Beast Fables

Published after his retirement in 2006, Texas Beast Fables exemplifies the marriage of Billings love for literary traditions and Texas Hill Country life. Each brief vignette of this beastiary explores a Texas creature or folktale and is accompanied by an original watercolor illustration by Barbara Hollman. As readers, we get a glimpse into Billings early memories discovering nature and family life--experiences that clearly led to Billings' lifelong love for learning. Of this work, Billings' humbly writes in the afterward:

Whether the beasts in this book are real or imaginary, and whether there is wise commentary, virtues, useful instruction or foolish extravagance is up to the reader to decide.

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