(1899–1971), born and reared in Washington, after service on a lightship, on a freighter, and in the army graduated from Stanford University (1922) and began his literary career. His novels include Lightship (1934), based on his experiences but treating the coastal vessel as a microcosm; The Laurels are Cut Down (1937), about a boy's life in the Puget Sound region, his service with his brother in the army sent to Siberia, and his disillusionment; The Land is Bright (1939), concerning the Oregon Trail in the 1850s; Mighty Mountain (1940), about a sea voyage in the 1850s to Puget Sound; Timber Beast (1944), about the lumber industry and the I.W.W. conflict; You Rolling River (1947), set in the Columbia River country of the 1890s; and The Headwaters (1957), about pioneer life on an island near Vancouver. Northwest Gateway: The Story of Seattle (1941), Roaring Land (1942), and Sea in the Forest (1953) are historical and descriptive accounts. With Olive Kooken he wrote Mrs. Fiske and the American Theatre (1955).
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.