INEZ: A Tale of the Alamo

Sometimes it’s hard to know how tfullsizerendero rate a book. For example, I’m not a great fan of the plot or the outcome of “Inez: A Tale of the Alamo,” written in 1855 by Augusta Jane Evans, but I was mesmerized by the author’s style of writing, especially considering her age. This was Evans first novel, and she was only 15 years old when she wrote it.  She was living in San Antonio, Texas, when she began penning the book.  She wrote during the wee hours of the night, keeping her project secretive, then presented the manuscript to her father when she finished.

INEZ was just the beginning of her life-long literary career.  The experience of writing INEZ prepared Evans for writing greater and greater novels. She was a literary genius who wrote eight hand-written novels and dictated a ninth in her latter years when her eyesight was failing.

MACARIA, her second novel, showcased her writing skills and her ability to create page-turners. Her third, ST. ELMO, is the jewel in the crown.

My late aunt was named “Inez” after the title of the book. Her mother, my paternal grandmother, was a mega fan of Augusta J. Evans’ books.  Inez was happy that her mother named her Inez, instead of “Vashti,” the name of Evans fourth book.

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Named after the book INEZ, my aunt Inez Wright, born in 1905, dressed for her part in a play called “The Awakening” about women’s suffrage.

 

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4 thoughts on “INEZ: A Tale of the Alamo

    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Yes, Lorin. Inez was one of a kind. She was very bright and very funny. She could mimic anyone. She lived to be 96 and never lost her sense of humor or her appreciation of good looks. I never knew her to be a flirt until she reached her 90s. She was super cool!

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  1. James Wright

    I knew Inez in her later years. She was indeed fun and outgoing. She was also a meticulous and methodical recorder of family history and gladly shared her extensive knowledge with me.

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  2. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

    Hi Jim! Yes, Inez was indeed a lot of fun to be with. Not many people know this, but Inez was a great mimic. A stand-up comedian. She often had us in stitches.

    Her influence spanned generations. Elisa had a very special relationship with her. So did Dustin.

    I didn’t know that Inez was named after a book by Augusta Evans Wilson until years later when she gave me my grandmother’s prized copy of “St. Elmo,” which opened up a whole new world for me.

    I appreciate Inez more and more over the years. She was an amazing researcher and collected and recorded family data long before the Internet was available to her..
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    Thank you for your kind comments about our extraordinary relative. :-)

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