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The Ox-Bow Man: A Biography Of Walter Van Tilburg Clark (Western…

by Jackson J. Benson

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"I don’t know of any scholar working in the general field of western literary history who is better known, more qualified, or more admired than Jackson Benson. This book will only add to his laurels. I am convinced that this is quite simply the best book that will ever be done on Walter Van Tilburg Clark." --Richard Etulain, Emeritus Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Walter Van Tilburg Clark, author of the classic novel The Ox-Bow Incident, was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, helping to change American literature by making the West and its vast, haunted landscapes a legitimate subject for serious fiction. But his career, which began so brilliantly, largely ended when he was still a young man, stifled by a paralyzing case of writer’s block. Jackson J. Benson, one of the country’s foremost literary biographers, has produced the first full-length biography of this brilliant, enigmatic figure, focusing on Clark’s intellectual and literary life as a writer and teacher, and on his life in the transforming midcentury West of which he was so passionately a part.

Available now for the first time in paperback, The Ox-Bow Man is both a remarkably astute and sensitive examination of a complex, ultimately anguished writer and a sage assessment of Clark’s pivotal place in the literary history of the West. More than a biography, this is a compelling examination of the literary world of the twentieth-century West and of the evolution of Western writing at the hands of one of its greatest masters.

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