A[lfred] B[ertram] Guthrie, 1901-1991
The Way West
- Born in Bedford, Indiana, but his family moved to Choteau,Montana when he was still an
infant. His father, an educator.
- Attended University of Washington, University of Montana (A.B., 1923), and Harvard
University (graduate study, 1944-45).
- Began his newspaper career as a printer's devil on the Choteau Advocate; worked
on the staff of the Lexington, Kentucky Leader for the following twenty year,
finally becoming executive editor.
- Considered one of the foremost writers on the American West.
- Earned many awards for achievement as a writer, including the Distinguished
Achievement Award of the Western Literature Association and achievement awards from the
governors of Montana, Kentucky, and Indiana.
- Wrote the screenplays for Shane (Paramount, 1953) and The Kentuckian (United
- Won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1950 for The Way West.
Murders at Moon Dance (1943)
The Big Sky (1947)
These Thousand Hills (1956)
The Big It and Other Stories (1960), short stories
The Blue Hen's Chick (1965), autobiography
The Last Valley (1975)
Fair Land, Fair Land (1982), a sequel to The Big Sky
Playing Catchup (1985)
Four Miles to Far Mountain (1987), poetry
Murder in the Cotswolds (1989)
Critical Sources and Reviews
- New York Times Book Review, October 9, 1949 ("In the Western Mountain
Country" by Robert Gorham David) and November 18, 1956 ("When Settlers Began to
Take Over" by Walter Van Tilburg Clark).
- New York Herald Tribune Book Review, October 9, 1949 ("Off to Oregon Again
in a Fine New Novel" by Elrick B. Davis).
- Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 23.
- Dictionary of LIterary Biography, Vol. 6: American Novelists since World War II
- The American Western Novel, James K. Folsom (1966)
- A. B. Guthrie, Jr. , Thomas Ford (1968).
- The Novel of the American West, John R. Milton (1980).
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