Clayton, Lawrence (Ray)

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CLAYTON, Lawrence (Ray)

CLAYTON, Lawrence (Ray). American, b. 1938. Genres: Novellas/Short stories, History, Literary criticism and history, Local history/Rural topics, Biography. Career: High school English teacher in Rusk, TX, 1960-65, and Carrollton, TX, 1965-68; Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX, began as instructor, became assistant professor of English, 1968-71, began as associate professor, became professor of English and head of department, 1974-80, dean of College of Arts and Sciences, 1980-, director of Natural Resources Institute, and coeditor of Hardin-Simmons University Press; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, instructor, 1971-73. Publications: Watkin Reynolds Matthews: A Biography, 1970, repr. as Biography of a Texas Rancher, 1994; Litt Perkins' Book, 1979; Clear Fork Cowboys: Contemporary Cowboys along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, 1985; Elmer Kelton, 1986; (ed. and author of intro) Elmer Kelton, "There's Always Another Chance" and Other Stories, 1986; (ed. with A. Specht, R. Armstrong and W. Curtis) Ru- pert N. Richardson, The College Man and Our Rural Civilization, 1989; Benjamin Capps and the South Plains: A Literary Relationship, 1990; (ed.) A. Yvonne Stackhouse, A Centennial History of Hardin-Simmons University, 1991; (ed. with R. Armstrong and W. Curtis) Charles Passel, An Antarctic Journal, 1991; (co-ed. and author of intro) Horsing Around: Contemporary Cowboy Humor, 1991; Historic Ranches of Texas, 1993; Longhorn Legacy: Graves Peeler and the Texas Cattle Trade, 1994; (co-ed and author of intro with J. Chance) The March to Monterrey, 1996; Cowboys, 1997; The Long X Ranch, 1997; All in a Day's Work for Three Cowboys: Texas Short Stories, 1997. Contributor to periodicals. Died 2000.