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Under the Big Sky: A Biography of A. B. Guthrie Jr. Hardcover – May 1, 2009

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“In this caring yet objective account of the novelist’s life, Jackson J. Benson uncovers the passions and demons in Guthrie’s life away from the desk, lending the biography meaning for general readers as well as writers.”—Washington Post
 
(Washington Post 2009-09-13)

"A welcome biography of the Western novelist and environmentalist."—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews 2009-03-15)

"Guthrie was a man of ideas who was quick to question and eager to learn what prompted settlers to step outside the confines of their secure lives. Benson's biography follows Guthrie's own personal quest for transcendence."—ForeWord
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“One measure of a writer’s biography is the degree to which it expands one’s appreciation of the author’s work and increases the pleasure of reading it. Good biographies should also give readers insight into the people being written about: why they were who they were, why they became who they became. Under the Big Sky succeeds on all counts.”—Bloomsbury Review
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“A thorough, well-written, lively, and authoritative account of A. B. Guthrie Jr.’s life.”—Richard W. Etulain, Oregon Historical Quarterly
 
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"[Under the Big Sky] is a good picture of the man overall, one whose brother Chick described as 'a smart aleck and a wise guy.' But one who gave us all an enduring history of the West through fiction."—Pete Warzel, Montana Quarterly
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About the Author

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).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803222866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803222861
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WONDERFUL. All aspiring script writers should read and can learn a lot from Guthrie Jr. Nowadays, it's mostly junk that is proliferating.
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As a huge Guthrie fan, this book opens the door to the man who gave us some of the very, very best of western sagas.
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well written--reading his novels along with the bio. and is enlightening to read about his purpose and mind set in writing the novels
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