Robert Laxalt | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Robert Laxalt, the son of French-Basque immigrants, was born in 1923 and raised in Carson City. From his early years, he was impassioned with reading and writing. In 1957 , at the age of 34, his book Sweet Promised Land was published by Harper and Row. It is the story of his sheepherder father Dominique’s life in Nevada and his return to his homeland in the Basque Country at the end of his life. The book received international acclaim and quickly became a treasured classic, representing the struggle of all immigrants to this country. Robert Laxalt continued his writing career throughout his life, publishing a total of 18 books, literary and historical, based on his knowledge and experience of Nevada and the Basque Country, In addition, he wrote numerous feature stories for National Geographic magazine, traveling to areas of the American West, South America, and the Basque Country. Robert Laxalt was the principal force in starting the UNR Press and Publications and directed the Press for many years until his retirement, establishing its excellent reputation in the academic world. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Nevada Author Chair at the University of Nevada. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career , both in the United States and in the Basque Country.