Known as “The Emerald City,” Dallas has its own rich heritage peculiar to its founding on the prairies and the Trinity River, and editor Frances Brannen Vick has collected a cornucopia of all things Big D in Literary Dallas, the third in TCU Press' “literary cities” series. When Vick came here almost thirty years ago, she discovered a city of contrasts-Southern roots mixed with the entrepreneurial spirit, refined by all manner of the arts. Vick draws on her long publishing career to assemble the work of Dallas' finest writers who look at the city's history, its arts, commerce and personalities. There is C. C. Slaughter who helped make Dallas a banking center; John Rosenfield, who made his city a haven for performing arts; Evelyn Oppenheimer, who made her career reviewing books; not to mention Frank X. Tolbert, both Chili King and writer. Natalie Ornish writes of the merchants who made Dallas a city where haute couture is comme il faut, but, where, as Prudence Macintosh avers, it is also possible to live a perfectly happy life and never wear a ball gown. The purveyors of culture supported a new university-Southern Methodist-and the library, museums, opera, and theater at the same time that Spencer Williams was making movies for African-American audiences in South Dallas and Deep Ellum was singing the blues, exploring the beginnings of jazz and Big Bands. The city even had its share of gunslingers, two of them legendary women-Belle Starr and Bonnie Parker-as well as other unsavory characters, like Toy Woolley who shot his wife with the gun later used in the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde. Historians and journalists have interpreted the city for generations, and you will find A. C. Greene, Bob Compton, Stanley Walker, Bryan Woolley, Kent Biffle, Paul Crume and Jay Milner, among others. The pivotal event in Dallas was the Kennedy assassination, and Vick researched the journalists, writers, poets and observers who tackled this subject, including Hugh Aynesworth, Jim Lehrer, Stephen Michaud, Darwin Payne, Bud Shrake, Wes Wise, Bryan Woolley, and Lawrence Wright, to name a few. Fiction set in Dallas has been wide and deep. Authors, like Tracy Daughtry, Ed Garcia, Caroline Rose Hunt, Clay Reynolds, C.W. Smith, Pat Ellis Taylor, Marsh Terry, and Jane Roberts Wood, explore various backdrops, and from a Catholic church to an English manor to local bars-and all the places in between-Dallas is covered.