Under the Big Sky
A Biography of A. B. Guthrie Jr.
By Jackson J. Benson
University of Nebraska Press, Hardcover, 9780803222861, 322pp.
Publication Date: May 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
"A welcome biography of the Western novelist and environmentalist."—Kirkus Reviews
"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
“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
“A thorough, well-written, lively, and authoritative account of A. B. Guthrie Jr.’s life.”—Richard W. Etulain, Oregon Historical Quarterly
-Richard W. Etulain
"[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