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A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
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    (January 13, 1901-April 26, 1991)
    Born in Bedford, Indiana
    Birth name was Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr.
    Reporter/editor for the Lexington Leader (1926-47)
    Wrote the Western novels 'Murders at Moon Dance' (1943), 'The Big Sky' (1947), 'The Way West' (1949), 'These Thousand Hills' (1956), 'Fair Land, Fair Land' (1982) and 'Murder in the Cotswolds' (1985)
    Wrote the screenplays for 'Shane' (1953) and 'The Kentuckian' (1955)
    He went by his initials or the nickname 'Bud' because he felt Alfred Bertram was 'a sissy name.'
    He hated discussing his first novel, 'Murders at Moon Dance,' dismissing it as 'trash.'
    He became a heavy drinker when his first marriage broke up; during his second marriage, he cut back to three glasses of wine a day.
    He said, 'Sometimes I think the ability to be outraged is all that keeps me alive.'
    He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 'The Way West,' a rarity for a Western novel.
    He was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay for 'Shane.'
    His novels were praised for their historical accuracy and avoidance of what he called the 'gun and gallop' myths of the Old West.
    He became an ardent conservationist and donated 80 acres of land to the Pine Butte Preserve a year before his death.

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