Bernard DeVoto

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Birthday
11, 1897
Birthplace
Utah
Death Date
Nov 13, 1955 (58)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
11, 1897
Birthplace
Utah
Death Date
Nov 13, 1955 (58)

About

An author and expert on the American West, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Across the Wide Missouri, a 1947 historical work. His other works include The House of Sun-Goes-Down, The Year of Decision: 1846, and Mark Twain at Work.

Before Fame

He interrupted his studies at Harvard University to fight in World War I. Later, he taught English at Northwestern University.

Trivia

He received a National Book Award for The Course of Empire, a 1952 non-fiction work.

Family Life

He grew up in Ogden, Utah. With his wife, Avis DeVoto, he had two sons: Mark and Gordon.

Associated With

He and Patti Smith were both recipients of the National Book Award for Nonfiction.