AB Guthrie Jr
A.B. Guthrie, Jr. (1901-1991) was an American novelist of western fiction in addition to being a screenwriter. Guthrie grew up reading, and tried to write fiction in high school. He went on to major in journalism and then started working at the Lexington Leader – a job he held for 22 years before he started writing fiction, which he started to do during his afternoons off. He wrote one series, the Sheriff Chick Charleston series. Guthrie was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for the novel The Way West and was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay to the classic film Shane (based on Jack Schaefer‘s novel).

A.B. Guthrie, Jr. made his debut as a novelist in 1943 with the novel Murders at Moon Dance, a western mystery. His final novel was 1989’s Murder in the Cotswolds and his final published work was the non-fiction book A Field Guide to Writing Fiction. Below is a list of A.B. Guthrie’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Sheriff Chick Charleston Books


Wild Pitch(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Genuine Article(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Second Wind(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playing Catch-Up(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Cotswolds(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Murders at Moon Dance(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Sky(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twenty-Six Years After(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Way West(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kentucky(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
These Thousand Hills(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The West is Our Great Adventure of the Spirit(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Arfive(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Once Upon a Pond(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Valley(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fair Land, Fair Land(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Miles from Ear Mountain(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Big It and Other Stories(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Blue Hen's Chick: An Autobiography(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Big Sky, Fair Land: The Environmental Essays of A.B. Guthrie, Jr.(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Images from the Great West(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Field Guide to Writing Fiction(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The collection The Big It and Other Stories is also known as Mountain Medicine.

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A.B. Guthrie, Jr. Synopsis: The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie introduces readers to the characters Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins and Dick Summers. The trio is travelling from St. Louis to the Rocky Mountains, living as jack of all traders – trappers, traders, guides and explorers. Caudill is a young Kentuckian who has a great yearning to explore the land.

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