O. Alan Weltzien is an author and specialist in American and
western American literatures. He worked forty years as a full-time
academic, 29 of which were at the University of Montana Western, in
Dillon Montana. He has published dozens of articles, two chapbooks,
and nine books, including studies or collections of writers Rick
Bass, John McPhee, and Norman Maclean. He lives in Montana.
"Rescuing a major American author from an undeserved obscurity,
Savage West: The Life and Fiction of Thomas Savage is an
extraordinarily informative and seminal work of original
scholarship. Exceptionally well organized and presented, [this
book] is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to
community, college, and university library American Biography and
American Literary Studies collections."
--Midwest Book Review
"This book makes plain that Savage's work is worthy of a great
deal more critical attention than it has received...Weltzien has a
thorough command of his subject and has augmented his own analyses
with impressive archival work and original interviews with Savage's
family, friends, and collaborators. Savage West is a
significant and welcome contribution to scholarship on western
American literature, Montana literature, and environmental
--Michael P. Branch, author of Rants from the Hill and How to Cuss in Western "Weltzein's biography puts Thomas Savage, a writer of great power and immense insight, back on the American literary map. The first book-length study to explore Savage's work in light of his conflicted sexuality--and thus an important contribution to American gay and lesbian literary studies--it sets the standard for future studies of Savage's West."
--David Peterson, associate professor of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha