9780803222861

Under the Big Sky: A Biography of A. B. Guthrie Jr.

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803222861

  • ISBN10:

    0803222866

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

Author of The Big Sky series,The Way West, and the screenplay for the classicShane, among many other timeless stories of frontier mountain men, icon of Western literature A. B. "Bud" Guthrie Jr. brought a blazing realism to the story of the West. That realism, which astounded and even shocked some readers, came out of the depth of Guthrie's historical research and an acuity that had seldom been seen in the work of Western novelists. InUnder the Big Sky, the latest in his celebrated series of biographies of Western writers, Jackson J. Benson details the life and work of this true giant on the Western literary landscape. The small Montana town that figures in several of Guthrie's books is clearly patterned after the town where he grew up, Choteau, on the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains. Benson illuminates the critical details of Guthrie's upbringing and education, the influence of his intellectually inclined father, his work as a newspaperman in Kentucky, and his time at Harvard University. Animated by the observations of friends, family, and fellow authors, this intimate account offers rare insight into the life and work of a remarkable writer and into the making of the literary West.

Author Biography

Jackson J. Benson is an emeritus professor of English at San Diego State University. He is the author of several books, including The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography; The Ox-Bow Man: A Biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark; and Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work (available in a Bison Books edition).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
"By George, I'm Free!"p. 1
A Smart Aleck and a Wise Guyp. 17
Alone in a Small and Self-Contained Cityp. 32
Marriage, Family, and Separationp. 49
The First Novel and Plans for the Big Onep. 65
The Big Break-the Nieman Fellowshipp. 83
The Big Sky Triumph and Tracking The Way Westp. 100
To Hollywood and Shane and the Move to Montanap. 119
Bucking the Myth: These Thousand Hillsp. 137
Down in the Dumps-Drink and Divorcep. 155
Living with Janie and Courting Carolp. 171
The Old Man and the Young Woman Wedp. 188
Arfive, and Speaking to the Young-Earth Dayp. 205
The Twin Lakes Imbroglio and Building the "Barn"p. 226
"What Happened to Boone?"p. 247
Fair Land, Fair Land: The End of the Trailp. 268
Afterword: Fishing the Pishkunp. 287
Notes and Documentationp. 295
Indexp. 315
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