An author and professional within the American Western, he received a Pulitzer Prize for Over the Wide Missouri, a 1947 historical function. His other functions include The Home of Sun-Goes-Down, THE ENTIRE YEAR of Decision: 1846, and Tag Twain at the job. He interrupted his research at Harvard University or college to battle in World Battle I. Later on, he taught British at Northwestern University or college. He received a Country wide Book Honor for The Span of Empire, a 1952 nonfiction function. He was raised in Ogden, Utah. Along with his wife, Avis DeVoto, he previously two sons: Tag and Gordon. He and Patti Smith had been both recipients from the Country wide Book Prize for Nonfiction.