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Bernard DeVoto (1897–1955) was a writer, editor, critic, historian of the U.S. West, and Harvard professor. He is most famous for his regular column in Harper's Magazine, his expertise on Mark Twain's life and writings, and his liberal stance on public land use, conservation of natural resources, and defense of civil liberties.
DeVoto was born to a Mormon mother and a Catholic father on January 11, 1897, in Ogden, Utah; for most of its history, Ogden served as a major railway hub and is close to the “golden spike” that joined the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. In 1914 DeVoto enrolled in the University of Utah; in 1915 he transferred to Harvard University. After serving in World War I as a lieutenant, he graduated Phi Beta ...