De Voto at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. journalist, historian, and critic. Born in Ogden, Utah, he taught at Northwestern Univ. and Harvard, briefly edited The Saturday Review (1936-38), and wrote a column for Harper's 1935-55. Known for his works on Amer. literature and the history of the western frontier as well as his vigorous, outspoken style, he was one of the most widely read critics and historians of his day. Among his nonfiction works are Mark Twain's America (1932), Across the Wide Missouri (1948, Pulitzer Prize), and The Course of Empire (1952).