A. B. Guthrie Jr. is best known for his historical fiction; his classic novel The Way West earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Guthrie had the ability to create memorable yet believable characters, was skillful in his use of narration and point of view, and possessed a notable flair for describing the landscape of the American West. It is unsurprising, perhaps, that Guthrie also had a deft talent for short fiction. The Big It and Other Stories collects his diverse shorter tales, written between 1946 and 1960.
Often relying on a few recorded facts as a springboard for his lively and sympathetic imagination, Guthrie explores many of his favorite themes--communion between man and nature, the test of manhood, resilience in the face of new or dangerous situations--with a sure and steady hand that always holds the reader's interest. Full of humor and excitement, The Big It and Other Stories showcases Guthrie's art in a new genre and spotlights the love for the West and for westerners that is the hallmark of his writing.
A. B. Guthrie Jr. (1901-91) is the author of numerous books, including The Way West, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, as well as Murders at Moon Dance and Playing Catch-Up, both available in Bison Books editions.
Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and the author of numerous books, including Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark (Nebraska, 2004).
- ISBN-13: 9780803240551
- ISBN-10: 0803240554
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
- Publish Date: November 2012
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
- Page Count: 200