Austin (True West) Austin is one character in Sam Shepard’s 1980 play “True West”, about two estranged, rival brothers who meet up again while Austin is house-sitting for their mother. Austin is a successful scriptwriter, a straight-arrow type, and his brother, Lee, is a drunken, petty thief. In the course of the play they essentially interchange personalities, all the while laying bare what often lies just beneath the surface of the great American familial myth.
Austin Sloper (Washington Square) Dr. Austin Sloper is the domineering widowed father of Catherine in Henry James’ 1880 novel, Washington Square. When his shy, plain-Jane daughter meets and falls in love with a fortune seeker, Morris Townsend, the good doctor commences to thwart any chances of a marriage between them. It is less in his role of a caring father, unfortunately, that he takes such steps, and more as stalwart protector of the future of his own wealth. His cold selfishness has long-ranging results for his daughter, among them her realization of the true character of her once beloved.
Austin - a song by Blake Shelton
Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad (Elvira Woodruff) - This book consists of letters written by 11-year-old Levi Ives to his older brother Austin. Remaining with his guardian, Miss Amelia, until he is able to join Austin on the family claim in Oregon, Levi describes his escapades in the Pennsylvania countryside with his friend, Jupiter, the son of a former slave. This carefully researched and vividly imagined novel presents the emotional and gripping tale of one boy's confrontation with the issue of slavery and its significance in American history. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Austin - Austin Butler (actor); Austin Nichols (actor)
Famous People who Named their Child Austin - David Lynch (filmmaker); Eddie Peck (actor); Huey Lewis (musician); Judi Evans Luciano (actress); Mario Lemieux (hockey player); Michelle Phillips (musician/actress); Paula Zahn (journalist); Rebbie Jackson (singer); Sela Ward (actress); Tommy Lee Jones (actor); Tracey Bregman (actress)
Stephen F. Austin (3 Nov 1793 – 27 Dec 1836 ) - Stephen Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” led the first successful American colonization in the Tejas province of Mexico. In January 1922, Austin brought 300 families to settle near present day Houston in the southeast region of Texas. Born in Virginia, Austin moved west of the Mississippi River with his family to Missouri at the age of 10, and he was educated in Connecticut and Kentucky. The land grant in Tejas was originally obtained by Stephen’s father, Moses, after Mexico won its independence from Spain. It was bequeathed to Stephen upon his father’s death, and Austin (at first, reluctantly) carried out his father’s plans. By 1834, over 30,000 Anglos lived in Texas, compared to less than 8,000 Mexicans which began to create animosity between the two nations of people. This led to a drive for independence by the American colonists and the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836 was ultimately won. Texas would later become a state in 1845, and Austin would become the namesake for its capital.