Heart Earth, Typescript and Speech
1993. Photocopied typescript, 209 pages, and reproducing authorial corrections, of this memoir of the author's boyhood in Montana, covering the period prior by his award-winning first book, This House of Sky. Sent by the author, 7 months prior to publication, to the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA), with a typed note signed, dated February 10, 1993: "Quickest and surest just to send you a ph'copy of the Heart Earth manuscript for your MPLA review, instead of waiting on proofs. Here you go. Publication date is Sept." Followed by a typed note signed in October, when Doig is doing publicity for the book, transmitting a copy of the speech he made to the Colorado Library Association in Snowmass, adding, "The Snowmass audience was maybe my best ever." The speech is enlarged for reading to 45 legal-sized pages, with horizontal type. Doig has folded the first page so as to run it through a typewriter to add the title ("The American West as Heart Earth"), the place, and a copyright notice. Lastly, there is a transcript of a 9/13/2007 speech that Doig gave to the Loveland Loves to Read program. Enlarged for reading to 48 horizontal pages. Emphasis lines added in photocopy; several holograph corrections. The typescript and both speeches have been hole-punched so as to fit in a 3-ring binder; one of the legal pages is creased; else fine. The two speeches are apparently unpublished. This House of Sky was a National Book Award finalist, and Doig's series of memoirs and novels set in Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska led him be considered "a presiding figure in the literature of the American West" (critic Sven Birkerts) and to his receiving the lifetime Distinguished Achievement award from the Western Literature Association. [#033875] $850
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