Walter Van Tilburg Clark | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Walter Van Tilburg Clark is considered one of the most distinguished Nevada writers of the twentieth century. An author, poet, lecturer, and teacher, Clark’s interpretations of the American West are his greatest legacy.

Over the course of his career, Clark held many brief positions teaching and lecturing across the country, including at the University of Vermont in 1933, where he worked as a teaching assistant while completing work on a second master’s degree.

From 1936 to 1945, Clark taught English and coached athletics in Cazenovia, New York. During this period, he published several short stories such as “Hook,” “The Buck in the Hills” and “The Wind and the Snow of Winter.” These stories not only earned him national respect, but they also explored the western environment and man’s relationship with nature, themes that resurfaced throughout his career. In October 1940, Clark published his first novel, The Ox-Bow Incident, which became a Twentieth Century Fox film starring Henry Fonda in 1943. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture but lost to Casablanca.

Zumoff, Bree. Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Online Nevada Encyclopedia, 2011. 22 Apr 2014.