Far from being a Yankee outsider, Dorothy Scarborough was born in Mount Carmel, near Tyler, in 1878. The family moved to Sweetwater in 1882, then settled in Waco five years later. "Miss Dottie" received an M.A. in English from Baylor in 1897 and later joined the faculty of Columbia, where she earned a doctorate. Though she lived the last two decades of her life in the northeast, she vowed, "Ill match my loyalty against that of anybody in the State." As for Texas as a subject for literature, she wrote that "her native sons and daughters would be foolish to look elsewhere for literary inspiration."
After The Wind was made into a silent film starring Lillian Gish and its authorship made known, Scarborough returned to Sweetwater for a visit. Winning her audience with humor and charm, she quoted a letter her mother had written after the familys move to Waco. Complaining of Central Texas heat and dryness one summer, Mrs. Scarborough had exclaimed, "Oh, how I long for a Sweetwater breeze!"