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Bernard DeVoto A Tribute and an Evaluation.

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1963, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, comb binding, a very scarce state of a book that was eventually published as Four Portraits and One Subject: Bernard DeVoto, printed on rectos only, contributors are Bowen who offers (in this proof) Bernard DeVoto Historian, Critic, and Fighter, Edith R. Mirrilees who contributes The DeVoto Letters, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who writes Bernard DeVoto and Public Affairs, and Wallace Stegner who offers Benny DeVoto's America, there are major, significant differences between this state of the book and the published version, in the published version Bowen's piece is shortened to The Historian, the Mirrilees piece is re-titled The Writer, Schlesinger's is changed to The Citizen, and Stegner's is changed to The Personality, in the proof the introduction is by Lovell Thompson whereas in the published version the introduction is offered by Stegner, however, someone has added the new Stegner introduction by stapling a carbon copy of it to the proof, it shows some cross outs and other changes, someone has also penciled "Wallace Stegner" at the end of this carbon, the Mirrilees contribution also shows changes from the proof to the book as do the other contributions, the book also publishes a bibliography of DeVoto's writings prepared by Julius P. Barclay with the collaboration of Elaine Helmer Parnie, includes a preface by Barclay. Very good.