Ernest Haycox (1899-1950) was Oregon’s most successful writer from the 1930s into the 1950s. He authored 23 volumes and nearly 300 short stories and serial segments. His novel Bugles in the Afternoon (1944) remains the most highly touted fictional portrait of Gen. George Custer, and another Haycox novel, The Earthbreakers (1952), is often cited as among the best historical novels about Oregon. His short story “Stage to Lordsburg” became the fictional source for the John Ford-John Wayne-Thomas Mitchell blockbuster Western film Stagecoach (1939).
Ernest Haycox and the Western (2017), by Richard W. Etulain, traces the writer’s ascending career from a University of Oregon student writer to pulp magazines of the 1920s and on to a prolific and well-known contributor to magazines such as Collier’s and the Saturday Evening Post in the 1930s. This presentation, slide-illustrated, will draw the attention of listeners to one of Oregon’s major writers and cast light on earlier achievements in the state’s rich literary history.
Richard W. Etulain, a native of the Pacific Northwest and the son of a Basque immigrant, is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books. He has been presidents of both the Western History and Western literature associations and lectured throughout the US and in several foreign countries. His recent book was the prize-winner The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane (2014). Forthcoming is his Ernest Haycox and the Western (2017) and the coauthored book US Presidents Who Shaped the American West (2018). He currently lives in Clackamas, Oregon.
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