Under Western Skies Ernest Haycox and the West in Fiction and Film

University Days

Haycox came to the University of Oregon in 1920, where he majored in journalism, wrote for the Oregon Daily Emerald, the yearbook, and the campus humor magazine, Lemon Punch. He studied short story writing under W.F.G. Thacher, and repeatedly submitted tales to national magazines. One year he cleaned out a shack behind his fraternity house and spent his nights there writing—with three of the hut's walls papered with rejection slips. In 1922 he placed his first paying story for $30. By graduation in 1923, he had sold six or seven more. "You know, it's not exactly a natural pursuit, a man putting himself in front of a typewriter—a machine—day after day," he said in 1945. "But you've got to spend three or four years digging yourself a rut so deep that finally you find it more convenient not to get out of it."

Haycox in Alaska
Haycox in Alaska
Haycox on the Steps of Fenton Hall
Haycox on the Steps of Fenton Hall
Student Yearbook, 1923
Student Yearbook, 1923
Student Yearbook, 1923
Student Yearbook, 1923
Haycox's Letter to University of Oregon Registrar
Haycox's Letter to University of Oregon Registrar
Haycox University of Oregon Transcript, 1923
Haycox University of Oregon Transcript, 1923
Haycox with Charles Alexander, 1924
Haycox with Charles Alexander, 1924
East Side Campus, Eugene, Oregon
East Side Campus, Eugene, Oregon
Fenton Hall
Fenton Hall
School of Journalism Brochure, 1921
School of Journalism Brochure, 1921
Lemon Punch, November 1921
Lemon Punch, November 1921
Lemon Punch, May 1992
Lemon Punch, May 1992
Rejection Slips
Rejection Slips
Rejection Slip
Rejection Slip
Rejection Slip, The American Magazine
Rejection Slip, The American Magazine
Rejection Slip, The Atlantic Monthly
Rejection Slip, The Atlantic Monthly
Rejection Slip, The Black Cat
Rejection Slip, The Black Cat
Rejection Slip, The Black Cat
Rejection Slip, The Black Cat
Rejection Slip, The Bookman
Rejection Slip, The Bookman
Rejection Slip, The Century Magazine
Rejection Slip, The Century Magazine
Rejection Slip, Harper & Brothers Publishers
Rejection Slip, Harper & Brothers Publishers
Rejection Slip, The Liberator
Rejection Slip, The Liberator
Rejection Slip, Life
Rejection Slip, Life
Rejection Slip, McClure's Magazine
Rejection Slip, McClure's Magazine
Rejection Slip, Overland Monthly
Rejection Slip, Overland Monthly
Rejection Slip, People's Story Magazine
Rejection Slip, People's Story Magazine
Rejection Slip, The Popular Magazine
Rejection Slip, The Popular Magazine
Rejection Slip, Western Story Magazine
Rejection Slip, Western Story Magazine
W.F.G. Thacher
W.F.G. Thacher
Villard Hall
Villard Hall