In an intensely active career Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955) achieved a national reputation as a journalist, essayist, novelist, literary critic, historian, college teacher, conservationist, and all-around professional writer. He once referred to himself as “a literary department store.” He published three major historical works about the American West (The Year of Decision: 1846 ; Across the Wide Missouri ; The Course of Empire ) and edited another, The Journals of Lewis and Clark (1953); all of these books are currently in print.
Bernard DeVoto’s writings on conservation and the American public lands are still of major relevance today. This website, which replaces an earlier one hosted by ComCast, gives a small sampling of DeVoto’s historical writings, essays, and letters.
This website is maintained on an occasional basis by Mark DeVoto, who can be reached by E-mail: mark dot devoto at tufts dot edu.