By Jackson J. Benson
The 1st full-scale biography of a huge Western author. Walter Van Tilburg Clark was once one of many West’s most crucial literary figures, a author who contributed mightily to the culture of viewing the West realistically and never during the veil of fantasy and romance. As a relatively younger guy, he released 3 compelling novels and a suite of brief tales, then remained virtually silent for the remainder of his lifestyles, the sufferer of a paralyzing case of writer’s block. Now Jackson J. Benson, one of many country’s leading literary biographers, has produced the 1st full-length biography of this excellent, enigmatic, and eventually tragic determine. in line with greatly scattered sources—personal papers and correspondence; interviews with family, pals, and others; and Clark’s unpublished tales and poems—Benson’s biography specializes in Clark’s highbrow and literary existence as a author, instructor, and westerner. Benson masterfully balances his enticing account of the reviews, humans, and settings of Clark’s existence with a penetrating exam of his complicated psyche and the crippling perfectionism that just about ended Clark’s occupation, in addition to supplying up a considerate evaluate of Clark’s position in Western writing. In those pages, Clark lives back, a hot, advanced, and finally anguished individual. Benson’s remarkably astute and delicate biography is destined to be the publication that readers and researchers seek advice first for info approximately this significant western author.
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He then went on to get the university accredited and put it on a sound ﬁnancial basis, obtaining endowment money from several prominent Nevada families. The Mackay family had made its money from Virginia City mining and had retired to Long Island. Clark’s father traveled many times to visit the family, and the university ended up with the Mackay Stadium and the well-considered Mackay School of Mines. Clark’s mother, in the meantime, organized a faculty wives group and arranged dinners for faculty from each department, and › 10 ‹ Walter on couch with cat, his sister, Euphemia, and his brother, David, in president’s house on the University of Nevada campus, February 1920.
Later in the marriage, however much the fun-loving, high spirited and more experienced one she might have been early, she saw herself as the practical one. And she was. ) . . She certainly was the housewife, and the main raiser of us children, and protecting Dad from us so he could write, although she said Dad would play with us as she didn’t, when he came home from teaching school. When Barbara and Walter met, she had an ambition to become a writer of mystery stories, and she continued to work at her writing throughout much of her life.
Clark later described his meeting place in Tor House: [I] had the additional pleasure, after knowing his work for two years, of meeting the poet himself, in that stone-paved, raftered, lower room of Thor House [sic], with its big ﬁreplace, its heavy oak table, the shelves of bright orange breakfast dishes and shining copper. He described the poet himself as tall, broad shouldered, proportioned for power, and spare of ﬂesh. His hands are large, well shaped, hardened with working earth, and his face avoids handsomeness only in favor of strangely contained masculine strength and intensity.