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Thread #55039   Message #854769
Posted By: GUEST,Q
28-Dec-02 - 09:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: El Corrido de Gregorio Cortes
The Handbook of Texas at the University of Texas website has the best brief biography of Gregorio Cortez Lira, and story of his troubles which began in Karnes County (El Carmen of the Rocha-Martinez corrido of 1929, provided by Masato). The brother, Romaldo (Roman in the Martinez-Rocha corrido), whom Sheriff Morris had shot, died in the Karnes City jail.
The article is at: Cortez Lira, Gregorio
The first version of the corrido appeared in 1901. I haven't been able to find a copy.
Américo Paredes popularized the story of Gregorio Cortez in "With His Pistol in His Hand: a Border Ballad and its Hero," published in 1958 by the University of Texas. "Between 1958 and 1965 the book sold fewer than 1000 copies, and a Texas Ranger angered by it threatened to shoot Paredes. In subsequent decades, however, the book has been recognized as a classic of Texas Mexican prose and has sold quite well."
The book is available cheaply in used paperback, but a good copy of the first edition is selling for $50-150 depending on condition.