Wolfe and Other Poems by Donald Mace Williams

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.



ISBN: 978-0-9956541-2-9

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