Bernard DeVoto’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

January 11, 1897

Death Date

November 13, 1955

Age of Death

58 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

New York, New York, United States



The novelist Bernard DeVoto died at the age of 58. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

An author and expert on the American West, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Across the Wide Missouri, a 1947 historical work. His other works include The House of Sun-Goes-Down, The Year of Decision: 1846, and Mark Twain at Work.

He interrupted his studies at Harvard University to fight in World War I. Later, he taught English at Northwestern University.

He received a National Book Award for The Course of Empire, a 1952 non-fiction work.

He grew up in Ogden, Utah. With his wife, Avis DeVoto, he had two sons: Mark and Gordon.

He and Patti Smith were both recipients of the National Book Award for Nonfiction.



Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom.

Bernard DeVoto

The rat stops gnawing in the wood, the dungeon walls withdraw, the weight is lifted your pulse steadies and the sun has found your heart, the day was not bad, the season has not been bad, there is sense and even promise in going on.

Bernard DeVoto

The trouble with Reason is that it becomes meaningless at the exact point where it refuses to act.

Bernard DeVoto

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.

Bernard DeVoto

The mind has its own logic but does not often let others in on it.

Bernard DeVoto