Bill Gulick

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Grover C. "Bill" Gulick (February 22, 1916 - October 25, 2013[1] ) was an American author and historian living near Walla Walla, Washington.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gulick was born in Kansas City, Missouri. According to his autobiography, his grandmother wanted him to be named after his father, as Grover Cleveland Gulick, Jr.; but his mother resisted fiercely, and they eventually compromised with Grover C. (only) Gulick, "with my Mother saying I could choose my own middle name when I became old enough to do so." He later acquired the nickname 'Bill'.[3]

He graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1934. The following September, he attended the University of Oklahoma.[3]

Career[edit]

Gulick had numerous short stories and 20 novels published, of which three have been made into movies.[2] The novel Snake River Country won the 1971 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award as Best Non-fiction Book.

Short stories[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 1950 - Bend of the Snake, novel
  • 1952 - A Drum Calls West, novel
  • 1954 - A Thousand for the Cariboo, novel
  • 1958 - The Land Beyond, novel
  • 1958 - Showdown in the Sun, novel
  • 1962 - The Moon-Eyed Appaloosa, novel
  • 1963 - Hallelujah Trail, novel
  • 1966 - They Come to a Valley, novel
  • 1969 - Liveliest Town in the West, novel
  • 1971 - The Country Club Caper, novel
  • 1971 - Snake River Country, non-fiction
  • 1979 - Treasure in Hell's Canyon, novel
  • 1981 - Chief Joseph Country: Land of the Nez Percé, non-fiction
  • 1988 - Northwest Destiny: A Trilogy, Distant Trails 1805-1836; Gathering Storm 1837-1868; Lost Wallowa 1869-1879, novel
  • 1990 - Roadside History of Oregon, non-fiction
  • 1996 - A Traveler's History of Washington, non-fiction[5]
  • 1997 - Roll On, Columbia: To the Pacific : A Historical Novel (To the Pacific/Bill Gulick, Bk 1), historical fiction [6]

Filmography[edit]

  • Hallelujah Trail (1965), based on the novel Hallelujah Trail, aka 'John Sturges' The Hallelujah Trail[4]
  • Hotel de Paree (1960), 1 episode: "Sundance and the Greenhorn Trader"[4]
  • The Road to Denver (1955), based on a Saturday Evening Post story[4]
  • Bend of the River (1952), based on the novel Bend of the Snake[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porter, Andy (29 October 2013). "Noted western author Bill Gulick dies". Yakima Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roadside History of Oregon, Gulick, Bill, 9780878422524, Mountain Press Publishing, 1991
  3. ^ a b Gulick, Bill (2006). Sixty-Four Years as a Writer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. ISBN 0-87004-453-2. 
  4. ^ a b c d e William Gulick. Internet Movie Database. 2010-05-28. URL:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0347738/. Accessed: 2010-05-28. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5q3hHrKZJ)
  5. ^ Gulick, Bill (1996). A Traveler's History of Washington. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. ISBN 0-87004-371-4. 
  6. ^ Roll On, Columbia: To the Pacific : A Historical Novel (To the Pacific/Bill Gulick, Bk 1), Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0870814257