Native Texan (b. 1927) and World War II veteran, MELVIN ROSSER MASON taught English for forty-five years in public schools, colleges, and universities of Texas. He was a professor at Sam Houston State University from 1962 until his retirement in 1996. A three-time graduate of the University of Texas—M.A. 1949, M.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1958—Mason has been active in a number of professional organizations, serving at different times as president of the Texas Folklore Society, American Studies Association of Texas, and College English Association of Texas. A specialist in American literature, he is best known for documentaries produced and shown widely on PBS stations: Martha Mitchell of Possum Walk Road: Quiltmaker (1985) and “Come Hungry, Come Thirsty”: Frontier Camp Meeting (1990).

Books in order of publication:

Come Hungry, Come Thirsty: Frontier Camp Meeting1990
Martha Mitchell of Possum Walk Road: Texas Quiltmaker1999