Glendon Swarthout was born in Pinckney, Michigan, on April 8, 1918, the son of Fred H. and Lila (Chubb) Swarthout. He was raised and educated in Michigan, taking his A.B. in 1939 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His studies and his marriage to Kathryn Vaughn in 1940 were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Swarthout served in the infantry from 1943 to 1945, earning the rank of sergeant and two battle stars. After the war, he returned to his wife and to university study, this time at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, completing his M.A. in 1946. Swarthout then accepted a teaching fellowship at Michigan State. Swarthout was at the University of Maryland between 1948 and 1951. In 1951, he returned to Michigan State to accept an associate professorship in English and pursue a course of study leading to the Ph.D., which he completed in 1955. From 1951 to 1959, he was an associate professor of English at Michigan State; in 1959, the Swarthouts moved to Tempe, Arizona, where Swarthout served as a lecturer in English at Arizona State University from 1959 to 1963.
Despite the demands of a successful academic career, Swarthout was a consistently prolific and acknowledged novelist, dramatist, and writer of short stories, with sixteen novels to his credit. Where the Boys Are (1960), They Came to Cordura (1958), Bless the Beasts and Children (1970), and The Shootist(1975) have been produced as motion pictures....
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