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Bernard De Voto

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Bernard Augustine DeVoto (1897 – 1955), American historian, essayist, columnist, teacher, editor, and reviewer, was a lifelong champion of American Public lands and the conservation of public resources as well as an outspoken defender of civil liberties. He was the author of a series of Pulitzer-Prize-winning popular histories of the American West and for many years wrote The Easy Chair, an influential column in Harper’s Magazine. DeVoto also wrote several well-regarded novels and during the 1950s served as a speech-writer for Adlai Stevenson. His friend and biographer, Wallace Stegner described Devoto as “flawed, brilliant, provocative, outrageous, … often wrong, often spectacularly right, always stimulating, sometimes infuriating, and never, never dull.”