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The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard Devoto
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gibbs Smith
Publication date February 1, 1989
Pages 464
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780879052997
ISBN-10 0879052996
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $12.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Chronicles DeVoto's private life and traces his career as a scholar and journalist
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"He was precocious, alert, intelligent, brash, challenging, irreverent, literary, self-conscious, insecure, often ostentatiously crude, sometimes insufferable," Wallace Stegner says of Bernard DeVoto, who, in the words of a childhood acquaintance, was also "the ugliest, most disagreeable boy you ever saw." Between the disagreeable boy and the literary lion, a life unfolds, full of comedy and drama, as told in this definitive biography, which brings together two exemplary American men of letters.
 
Born within a dozen years of one another in small towns in Utah, both men were, as Stegner writes, "novelists by intention, teachers by necessity, and historians by the sheer compulsion of the region that shaped us." From this unique vantage point, Stegner follows DeVoto's path from his beloved but not particularly congenial Utah to the even less congenial Harvard where, galvanized by the disregard of the aesthetes around him, he commenced a career that, over three and a half decades, would embrace nearly every sort of literary enterprise: from modestly successful novels to prize-winning Western histories, from the editorship of the Saturday Review to a famously combative, long-running monthly column in Harper's, "The Easy Chair." A nuanced portrait of a stormy literary life, Stegner's biography of DeVoto is also a window on the tumultuous world of American letters in the twentieth century.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780070134270
 
With Wallace Earle Stegner, Paul A. Craig | from Tab Books (June 1, 1994); titled "Multiengine Flying"
9780070134270 | details & prices | 7.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $29.95
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Paperback
Book cover for 9780803292840
 
from Bison Books (March 1, 2001)
9780803292840 | details & prices | 464 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Traces the life of the American novelist from his childhood in Utah, to Harvard, to his writing career that included novels, prize-winning Western histories, and his monthly column 'Easy Chair' in Harper's magazine.
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Reprint edition from Gibbs Smith (February 1, 1989)
9780879052997 | details & prices | 464 pages | List price $12.95
About: Chronicles DeVoto's private life and traces his career as a scholar and journalist
With Wallace Earle Stegner, Alice Winnick, Gilbert Pratt, Michael Pepper | from Bennett & McKnight Pub Co (June 1, 1985); titled "Safety and Sanitation"
9780026656603 | details & prices | List price $11.24
This edition also contains Safety and Sanitation

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