Trigger Warning

A. B. Guthrie Jr, an American western novelist and historian, died on this day in 1991. Literary Heist challenges you to write a short, using the life of Alfred Bertram Guthrie Jr. as your inspiration.


  • Murders at Moon Dance (1943)
  • Wild Pitch (1974)
  • The Genuine Article (1977)
  • No Second Wind (1980)
  • Playing Catch-up (1985)
  • Murder in the Cotswolds (1989)
  • The Big Sky (1947)
  • The Way West (1949)
  • These Thousand Hills (1956)
  • Arfive (1971)
  • The Last Valley (1975)
  • Fair Land, Fair Land (1982)


  • Nouns and verbs are the guts of the language. Beware of covering up with adjectives and adverbs.
  • God must like to get off by Himself sometimes and caper. Must get mighty tiresome, keepin’ tally on folks and gettin’ the sun up and tuckin’ it in bed and bringin’ the rain on and all, and all the time actin’ stiff and proper. That surely was it, God must like to throw Himself around some and be silly if He felt like it.
  • Dad used to read aloud to us from Dickens and Kipling. My tastes were omnivorous. I read anything I could lay my hands on, but the memory that stays with me is that of my father reading the Jungle Books to us when we were young. Beautiful stories!

Find out more about the life of A. B. Guthrie Jr.

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