Walter Van Tilburg Clark

Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909-1971) received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1931 and 1932 from the University of Nevada where his father served as the President. At the age of 30 he was a literary success with his first novel, The Oxbow Incident. The book was made into a well-received movie starring Henry Fonda. His third book, The Track of the Cat, was also made into a Hollywood film, starring Robert Mitchum. Clark’s second novel The City of Trembling Leaves was less successful, but is still considered a Western American classic. Several of his short stories have been published. Clark was one of the first two writer inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1988. After his early years as a writer, Clark devoted his professional attention to teaching. He taught writing classes at the University of Nevada while editing Doten’s diaries.