"I am a literary department store "
Bernard DeVoto, historian, journalist, critic, novelist, social commentator,
conservationist, and all-around professional writer, is
one of the most distinguished literary personalities ever to
emerge from his native state of Utah. In his active career
he taught English at Northwestern University and Harvard, edited
the Saturday Review of Literature, and published twenty
books, as well as some 800 articles, reviews, and miscellaneous
pieces before his early death. In 1943 his The Year of
Decision: 1846 was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection; in 1948
Across the Wide Missouri won the Pulitzer Prize in history;
in 1952 The Course of Empire won the National Book Award in
history. These books, and DeVoto's popular abridged edition
of The Journals of Lewis and Clark, published in 1953, are
all still in print.
Books currently available
Across the Wide Missouri and The Course of Empire (with
Introduction by Wallace Stegner) are Mariner Book editions published
by the Houghton Mifflin Company, as is The Journals of Lewis and Clark,
with a foreword by Stephen Ambrose.
Bernard DeVoto's Western Paradox, his last book, remained unfinished at his death. Unpublished and unseen for 46 years, the incomplete book was published at last in 2001, edited by Patricia Nelson Limerick and Douglas Brinkley, with an Introduction by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and an Afterword by Mark DeVoto. This book also contains reprints of eleven of DeVoto's most important essays on conservation and the public lands, and is currently in print with the Yale University Press as part of the Western Americana series.
Bernard DeVoto with .38 police special,
a formal portrait
Bernard DeVoto in his study, at his other desk
The two photographs at the left were probably taken in Montana during the summer of 1954.
This website is maintained by Mark DeVoto, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org