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Rick Bass

Rick Bass

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Rick Bass is a writer and environmental activist. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1958, but spent much of his youth in Houston. He graduated from Utah State with a degree in geology and then worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi. In 1987 Bass moved to Montana and began writing full-time. He is the author of numerous short stories, novels, memoirs and essays. Much of his work focuses on the reasoned benefits of preserving wilderness areas, such as the Roadless Yaak Valley of Montana.

About the collections:  Papers, 1958-2001 is our original Rick Bass papers acquisition and includes almost all of his early work, from The Deer Pasture to Colter.  It also includes drafts of short stories and essays, as well as correspondence and Yaak Valley Forest Council material. 

Papers, 1986-2013 includes more recent work-- All the Land to Hold Us, Nashville Chrome, The Black Rhinos of Namibia, The Heart of the Monster, In My Home There is No More Sorrow, and The Wild Marsh, as well as other pieces of short fiction, essays, and op-eds. It also includes material about the Yaak Valley Forest Council. 

Papers, 1966-2019 includes correspondence, drafts, notebooks, photographs, research material, and student work, as well as material relating to Bass’s writing projects, teaching, and activism. The majority of the literary production concerns For a Little While and The Traveling Feast. The collection also includes material for many of the earlier books and about the Yaak Valley Forest Council.

Correspondence, 1986-1997 contains over 100 letters from Rick Bass to James Linville, editor of the Paris Review

  • Bass, Rick. Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with my Mentors. NY: Little, Brown, 2018.
  • Bass, Rick. For a Little While: New and Selected Stories. NY: Little, Brown, 2016.
  • Bass, Rick. All the Land to Hold Us. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
  • Bass, Rick. The Black Rhinos of Nambia : Searching for Survivors in the African Desert. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
  • Bass, Rick. In My Home There is No More Sorrow. San Francisco: McSweeney's Books, 2012.
  • Bass, Rick, with David James Duncan. The Heart of the Monster. Missoula: All Against the Haul, 2010.
  • Bass, Rick. Nashville Chrome: A Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
  • Bass, Rick. The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
  • Bass, Rick. Why I Came West. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
  • Bass, Rick. The Lives of Rocks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
  • Bass, Rick. The Diezmo. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
  • Bass, Rick. Caribou Rising. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2004.
  • Bass, Rick. The Hermit’s Story: Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
  • Bass, Rick. Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
  • Bass, Rick. Fiber. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the American Southwest. NY: Lyons Press, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. Where the Sea Used to Be. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The Book of Yaak Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
  • Bass, Rick. In the Loyal Mountains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Bass, Rick. The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Colorado Wilderness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Bass, Rick. Platte River. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994.
  • Bass, Rick. The Ninemile Wolves. NY: Ballantine, 1993.
  • Bass, Rick. Winter: Notes from Montana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1991.
  • Bass, Rick. Oil Notes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1989.
  • Bass, Rick. The Watch. NY: Norton, 1989.
  • Bass, Rick. Wild to the Heart. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1987.
  • Bass, Rick. The Deer Pasture. College Station, TX: Texas A&M, 1985.

  • Last updated July 9, 2021