Wolfe and Other Poems by Donald Mace Williams
“Donald Mace Williams’ ‘Wolfe’ is a flawless epic, and in turning the legend of Beowulf into a critique of man’s encroachment on nature, it has a chance at ringing the bell of the current zeitgeist.”
— Timothy Green, Editor of Rattle
_______Donald Mace Williams was born on Black Thursday, 1929, in Abilene, Texas. The former academic and newspaper editor now resides close to the Palo Duro Canyon.
Wolfe is a modern retelling of the story of Beowulf, which relocates the action to Texas in the late 19th Century.
When a strange, beguiling creature is found to have slaughtered first the cattle of a lonely ranch, then one of its labourers, the fate of the locals is placed in the hands of an out-of-towner, a calm and confident young man by the name of Billy Wolfe.
Rattle originally published the work as a limited chapbook in the US, and it has come to be seen by many as a modern classic. It has been studied in schools in Texas. It is a captivating adventure tale and it reads as a compelling examination of the shadow side of the United States, in the past and in the present. Wolfe is published here alongside a collection of Williams’ short poems in book form for the first time.