Texas Poets' Corner


The Texas Poets' Corner was the inspiration of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter, Professor of English at West Texas State University from 1959-1961 and 1964 Poet Laureate of Texas. Dr. Porter went on to be inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. She has also published numerous poems and books.

At the core of the collections in the Texas Poets' Corner are approximately 1,800 rare books, numerous pieces of furniture, artwork, photographs, and manuscripts donated by Dr. Porter and her husband Lawrence E. Scott. Valued at above $250,000, the gift consists of:

The artwork includes the painting, "Hazy Day," by Texas artist, M. Walton Leader and a carving of Stephen F. Austin by renowned sculptor and wood-carver Peter Mansbendel.

The book collection consists primarily of Texas literature -- with a significant contribution by J. Frank Dobie, renowned folklorist -- and the Casa Magni Collection, which consists primarily of British and American literature by such notable writers as: O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Katherine Anne Porter, Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, Washington Irving, and Robert Browning.

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