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The cream of a large collection of Mexican lore has been accumulated over many years, partly through contributions by lovers of the gente all over the Southwest and partly through editor J. Frank Dobie's ramblings in northern Mexico. Tales make up the largest category; however, more realistic are the accounts of Mexican customs and sayings. Another type of popular expression is the corrido, or ballad, and the tall tale is well represented, too, especially in connection with two mighty folk-heroes, Juan Oso and Catorce.
About the Author
J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) was an American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist best known for many books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas. In 1922, he became secretary of the Texas Folklore Society and held the post for 21 years.