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Harwell, Thomas Meade


Dr. Harwell was the author of several books, including Studies in Texan Folklore--Rio Grande Valley. The book is based on original research and interviews carried out from 1959-1965. Dr. Harwell had completed his first volume, Lore 1, which contains studies on the evil eye, shock, recetas, curanderos, ghosts, owl-lore and weather law in 1997. He passed away in 2002 before he could complete the second volume. Dr. Harwell was also a poet, and the author of other books, including books on romantic, Victorian, and gothic novelists. Dr. Harwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1947, and a Doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1965. The book Keats and the critics, 1848-1900 was originally presented as the author's thesis. Dr. Harwell was hired as a faculty member for English and Social Sciences at Pan American College in 1955. In 1958, as the college grew, he was assigned solely to the English Department, where he stayed until 1966.