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A. B. Guthrie, Jr. letters, 1970

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A. B. Guthrie, Jr. letters




University of Kentucky Special Collections


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2011MS068: [identification of item], A. B. Guthrie, Jr. letters, 1970, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


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Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (1901-1991) was a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose writing focused on Montana and the West. A graduate of the University of Montana, Guthrie took a job at the Lexington Leader in 1926. He lived in Lexington for 30 years, writing many of his most famous novels there, before returning to Montana in 1956. His works include the The Big Sky and The Way West, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, he wrote the screenplays for the movies Shane and The Kentuckians.

A. B. Guthrie, Jr. 1901-1991. University of Montana School of Journalism. University of Montana. 8 May 2009. Web. 27 October 2011.

Scope and Content

The A. B. Guthrie, Jr. letters consists of correspondence between Guthrie and his publishers at Houghton Mifflin Company concerning his novel Arfive, the fourth book in his western series. The bulk of the letters involve the editing of the book, however some concern the novel's publicity.


  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Montana.
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.

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