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Jane Gilmore Rushing


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Jane Gilmore Rushing was born November 15, 1925 and grew up in Pyron in southeastern Scurry County, Texas, a West Texas farming community now recognizable only by a cemetery and railroad sign. She graduated from Texas Tech University and was a staff writer for the Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, Texas. She co-authored with Kline A. Nall a history of Texas Tech University.

From childhood, she wanted to be a writer. In seven novels published between 1963 and 1984, she built her stories around themes that few West Texas writers had dared to tackle. Most of her work centers on cotton farms and early ranches in a land she calls the “too-late frontier”. Her plots explore such sensitive topics as an affair between a mulatto girl and a West Texas cowboy and the painful recognition in an early-nineteenth-century community that one of their own is capable of child and wife abuse. Her final book, Starting from Pyron, explores the history and people of the community she grew up in and that inspired her writing.


Some of her most popular novels about early 19th century life in West Texas were Mary Dove, Tamzen, Raincrow, Walnut Grove, Covenant of Grace and Winds of Blame.

Rushing, who had lived in Lubbock for most of her career, died of cancer July 4, 1997.



Photo from Jane Gilmore Rushing, A West Texas Writer and Her Work by Lou Halsell Rodenberger


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Books by Jane Gilmore Rushing

Mary Dove: A Love Story

Against the Moon

Covenant of Grace

Starting from Pyron

The raincrow

Walnut Grove


Winds of blame

Evolution of a university: Texas Tech's first fifty years


Books about Lubbock County People and Places

Haunted Lubbock: True Ghost Stories from the Hub of the Plains

Lubbock Stories: Personal Remembrances from the Hub City

Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated History

PINKIE: A West Texas Legend

A place set apart: The history of Ransom Canyon

Remembering Slaton, Texas: Centennial Stories, 1911-2011

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