Ivan Doig (1939 - )
This House of Sky
- Born in 1939 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, the son of a ranch worker and ranch
cook; his mother died of lifelong asthma on his sixth birthday.
- Grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front where many of his works take place.
- Married Carol Dean Muller, a professor, in 1965; moved to Seattle in 1966, where his
wife still teaches literature of the American West.
- Educated at Northwestern University (B.J., 1961, M.S. in journalism, 1962); University
of Washington, Seattle (Ph.D. his history, 1969).
- Worked as a ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor before becoming a freelance
journalist and novelist.
- Received a National Book Award nomination and the Christopher Award for This House
of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind in 1979.
- Received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association for
the body of his work in 1989.
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind (memoir) (1978)
Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America (nonfiction) (1980)
The Sea Runners (novel) (1974)
English Creek (first novel in trilogy) (1984)
Dancing at the Rascal Fair (second novel in trilogy) (1987)
Ride With Me, Mariah Montana (final novel in trilogy) (1990)
Heart Earth: A Memoir (1993)
Bucking the Sun (novel) (1996)
Mountain Time (novel) (1999)
Biographcal Sources, Critical Sources and Reviews
- For critical and biographical information, see the following Gale publications: Contemporary
Authors, Volumes 81-84; Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volumes
24 and 49; and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 206:
Twentieth-Century American Western Writers (contains portrait). Gale Literary
Database (Contemporary Authors Online) can be accessed online through a
subscribing library at www.galenet.com.
- Some print reviews:
Chicago Tribune, September 17, 1978
Los Angeles Times Book Review, September 13, 1978
New York Times Book Review, January 7, 1979
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 1, 1978
Seattle Times, September 11, 1978
Time, September 11, 1978
Washington Post, December 11, 1978
- Other print resources:
New Ground: Western American Narrative and the Literary Canon (A. Carl Bredahl,
Writers of the Purple Sage (Russell Martin, 1984)
Talking Up a Storm: Voices of the New West (Gregory L. Morris, 1994)
At Field's End: Interviews with Twenty Pacific Northwest Writers (Nicholas
Earthlight, Wordfire: The Work of Ivan Doig (Elizabeth Simpson, 1992)
Retired Discussion Series