Bernard DeVoto


Bernard DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah, United States on January 11th, 1897 and is the Novelist. At the age of 58, Bernard DeVoto biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 11, 1897
United States
Place of Birth
Ogden, Utah, United States
Death Date
Nov 13, 1955 (age 58)
Zodiac Sign
Historian, Writer
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Avis DeVoto ​(m. 1923)​
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Bernard DeVoto Life

Bernard Augustine DeVoto (1897 – 1955), an American historian, essayist, writer, and editor, as well as a vocal defender of civil rights, was Bernard Augustine DeVoto (1897 – 1955).

He was the author of a number of Pulitzer-Prize-winning histories of the American West, and he wrote The Easy Chair, a prominent column in Harper's Magazine.

DeVoto wrote several well-received books in addition to serving as a speech-writer for Adlai Stevenson during the 1950s.

Wallace Stegner, his uncle and biographer, described Devoto as "flawed, innovative, provocative, outrageous, frequently incorrect, often infuriating, and never dull."

Personal life and death

Avis DeVoto (1904-1989), a book reviewer, editor, and avid cook, was married to DeVoto. Julia Child became a good friend. The child had written a fan letter to Bernard DeVoto concerning an article of his own in Harper's Magazine; he had claimed that he opposed stainless steel knives and that she believed he was "100 percent correct." Avis' reaction started a long correspondence and friendship between the two women during Child's research on her pioneering Art of French Cooking (1961). The child referred to Avis as a "wet nurse" and a "mentor" to the venture. Mark, the DeVotos' son, was born in DeVotos, in the United States. (b. Robert (1940) is a music theorist, composer, and retired professor at Tufts University. Gordon, a writer, died in 2009.

DeVoto died on November 13, 1955, five years ago.


Bernard DeVoto Career


In 1922, DeVoto began his teaching at Northwestern University as an English professor. He also started releasing articles and books (under the pseudonyms "John August" and "Cady Hewes"). He resigned from Northwestern in 1927. Avis and his wife moved to Massachusetts in order to try to make his living off writing and part-time teaching at Harvard University. (His aspiration of obtaining a permanent position at Harvard was never fulfilled). A collection of articles he wrote in Harper's Magazine is credited with bringing the influential work of Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto to wide audiences. This led to the publication of "The Easy Chair," DeVoto's column, which he wrote from 1935 to his death.

DeVoto was also an authority on Mark Twain and served as a curator and editor for Twain's journals; this work culminated in numerous publications, including the best-selling Letters From the Earth, which appeared in 1962. He worked in New York City, where he was editor of the Saturday Review of Literature, after which he returned to Massachusetts.

DeVoto wrote "Genius is Not Enough," a scathing analysis of Thomas Wolfe's The Story of a Novel in which the novelist outlined his method of submitting undigested first drafts to be turned into finished work by others, during his tenure as editor of the Saturday Review. Wolfe's writing was "hacked and shaped, compressed into something resembling a book by [his editor] Mr. Perkins and the Scribners' assembly line," according to DeVoto. Despite devoting Wolfe's genius, DeVoto exorbited his talent as "Mr. Wolfe... has written some of the best fiction in our time. However, a substantial portion of what he writes isn't fiction at all: it's only stuff with which he has fought but which has defeated him." "Until Mr. Wolfe develops more craft, he will not be the best novelist he has been praised for being." DeVoto's essay was a determining factor in Wolfe's subsequent severing links with Scribners and editor Maxwell Perkins, which had a devastating effect on Wolfe's posthumous literary fame.

The decade between 1943 and 1953 saw the completion of Devoto's "magnificent trilogy of discovery, settlement, and exploitation of the West," according to John L. Thomas. (1947) The Course of Empire (1952) Across the wide region, Pulitzer Prize for History (1948) and The Course of Empire were named for Nonfiction (1953). He also edited a collection of Lewis and Clark's Journals (1953). At his death in 1955, an illustrated version of the Western Paradox appeared; a book on the history, geography, and ecology of the American West remained unfinished; in 2001, an updated version was released as Western Paradox.