Interview SummaryGuthrie started out as a reporter for the Lexington Leader, after getting a BA in Journalism in Montana. His landlady, Mary Elizabeth Keating, who was like a surrogate mother to Guthrie, encouraged him to stay in Lexington at the paper. As a reporter, Guthrie was very conversant in politics of the day and offers opinions on governors, senators, and candidates. His career as a reporter in Lexington spanned the time of Prohibition, the Great Depression, union strikes at the coal mines, and racial segregation. His experiences have led him to be strongly in favor of women's healthcare and women's rights. In 1950, Guthrie won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his historical novel "The Way West." During this time in his career as an author, Guthrie wrote historical fiction, children's fiction, short stories, and screenplays, including "Shane." At the end of the interview, Guthrie shares his views about what characterizes good fiction.
Interview LC SubjectAuthors, American--Kentucky Intellectual life Literature Guthrie, A. B., Jr. (Alfred Bertram), 1901-1991 Lexington (Ky.) Beckham, John Crepps Wickliffe, 1869-1940 Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991 Great Depression Prohibition Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985 Equal rights amendments--United States Pulitzer Prizes Copyright--Royalties Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College
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Guthrie, A. B., Jr. Interview by William Cooper. 16 Jun. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Guthrie, A.B., Jr. (1979, June 16). Interview by W. Cooper. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Guthrie, A. B., Jr., interview by William Cooper. June 16, 1979, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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