The Ox-Bow Man: A Biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark

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Walter Van Tilburg Clark was one of the West's most important literary figures. Author of the classic novel The Ox-Bow Incident, he hlped to change American literature by making the West a legitimate subject for serious fiction. As a comparatively young man, he published three compelling novels and an acclaimed collection of short stories, then remained almost silent for the rest of his life, the victim of a paralyzing case of writer's block. Now Jackson J. Benson, one of the country's foremost literary ...
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Overview

Walter Van Tilburg Clark was one of the West's most important literary figures. Author of the classic novel The Ox-Bow Incident, he hlped to change American literature by making the West a legitimate subject for serious fiction. As a comparatively young man, he published three compelling novels and an acclaimed collection of short stories, then remained almost silent for the rest of his life, the victim of a paralyzing case of writer's block. Now Jackson J. Benson, one of the country's foremost literary biographers, has produced the first full-length biography of this brilliant, enigmatic, and ultimately tragic figure.

Based on widely scattered sources-personal papers and correspondence; Clark's unpublished stories and poems; and interviews with family members, friends, and others-Benson focuses on Clark's intellectual and literary life as a writer, teacher, and westerner, masterfully balancing his engaging account of the experiences, people, and settings of Clark's life with a penetrating examination of Clark's complex psyche and the crippling perfectionism that virtually ended his career. He also offers a thoughtful assessment of Clark's place in Western writing. In these pages, Clark and his world live again, a warm, complicated, anguished human being in a modern West lively with change and rich in friendship and cultural excitement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874176919
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2006
  • Series: Western Literature Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations XI
Preface XIII
Acknowledgments XVII
Chapter 1 From Maine to Nevada 1
Chapter 2 Two Major Influences-Robert Cole Caples and Robinson Jeffers 19
Chapter 3 Marriage, Children, and Cazenovia Central School 43
Chapter 4 The Ox-Bow Incident and the Western Novel 68
Chapter 5 Writer of Stories, Poems, and Letters 88
Chapter 6 The Ox-Bow Movie and The City of Trembling Leaves 104
Chapter 7 Back to Nevada and The Track of the Cat 126
Chapter 8 Virginia City and The Watchful Gods and Other Stories 150
Chapter 9 Away from Home-Frustration and Longing 176
Chapter 10 From Iowa City, to Omaha, and to Columbia, Missouri 193
Chapter 11 Two Resignations, Son and Father 210
Chapter 12 Alone in Missoula and in Palo Alto 233
Chapter 13 The Move to Montana and Uncompleted Writing Projects 254
Chapter 14 On to Mill Valley and to Teaching at San Francisco State 278
Chapter 15 Back to Nevada and Becoming Alf Doten 301
Chapter 16 Teaching and Telling Stories in Reno 329
Chapter 17 The Doten Journals and Declining Health 353
Chapter 18 The Sweet Promised Land of Nevada 377
Notes and Documentation 393
Index 415
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