Schullery, Paul (David) 1948-
Schullery, Paul (David) 1948-
SCHULLERY, Paul (David) 1948-
PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced "shul-air-ee"; born July 4, 1948, in Middletown, PA; son of Stephen Emil (a Lutheran minister) and Judith Catherine (a teacher; maiden name, Murphy) Schullery; married Dianne Patricia Russell (an editor), June 11, 1983 (divorced, December, 1988); married Marsha Karle, June 22, 1996. Education: Wittenberg University, B.A., 1970; Ohio University, M.A., 1977. Religion: Lutheran. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, nature photography, playing guitar.
ADDRESSES: Home—P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168.
CAREER: National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, WY, ranger-naturalist, summers, 1972-77, historian-archivist, winters, 1974-77, resource naturalist and technical writer, 1988-93, Yellowstone Center for Resources, acting chief of cultural resources, 1993-94, senior editor, 1993-95, resource naturalist and historian, 1995—; Museum of American Fly Fishing, Manchester, VT, executive director, 1977-82; freelance writer and research consultant, Livingston, MT, 1982-86. Affiliate professor of history at Montana State University, 1991—; adjunct professor of American studies at University of Wyoming, 1992—. Member of board of trustees, Museum of American Fly Fishing, 1982-91, emeritus, 1991—. Consulting researcher, Mount Rainier National Park, 1983.
MEMBER: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers (senior adviser, 1980—; senior vice president, 1982-83), American Institute of Biological Sciences, Yellowstone Association, Yellowstone Grizzly Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Montana Historical Society, International Association for Bear Research and Management, Cahokia Museum Society, George Wright Society.
AWARDS, HONORS: Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honorary, 1970; Special Achievement Award for supervisory work from National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, 1977; award for graphic arts excellence from Printing Industries of America, 1980 and 1981, and from Consolidated Papers, Inc., 1981, all for journal American Fly Fisher; overall National Park Service award for excellence in interpretive publications, and first-place award from Conference of National Park Cooperating Associations, both 1984, both for Freshwater Wilderness: Yellowstone Fishes and Their World; The Bears of Yellowstone named one of the outstanding books of 1986 by Montana magazine; Special Act Service Award, National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service, 1991, for work on Greater Yellowstone Vision document; Special Act Service Award, National Park Service, 1992, for role in National Park Service's 75th Anniversary activities; citation of excellence, Sigurd F. Olsen Nature Writing Award competition, 1992, for Pregnant Bears and Crawdad Eyes: Excursions and Encounters in Animal Worlds; Austin Hogan Award, American Museum of Fly Fishing, 1992, for outstanding contributions to American Fly Fisher; special citation from International Association for Bear Research and Management, 1995; Special Achievement Award, National Park Service, 1996, for outstanding performance as editor and writer; American Fly Fishing named one of the most important trout-related books of the last thirty years by Trout magazine.
The Bears of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Library (Yellowstone Park, WY), 1980, new edition, Roberts Rinehart (Boulder, CO), 1986.
(With John D. Varley) Freshwater Wilderness: Yellowstone Fishes and Their World, Yellowstone Library (Yellowstone Park, WY), 1983.
Mountain Time (memoir), Schocken (New York, NY), 1984.
(With D. Despain, D. Houston, and M. Meagher) Wildlife in Transition: Man and Nature on Yellowstone's Northern Range, Roberts Rinehart (Boulder, CO), 1987.
American Fly Fishing: A History, Nick Lyons (New York, NY), 1987, reprinted with a new introduction, 1999.
(With Bud Lilly) Bud Lilly's Guide to Western Fly Fishing, Nick Lyons (New York, NY), 1987.
(With Bud Lilly) A Trout's Best Friend, Pruett (Boulder, CO), 1987.
The Bear Hunter's Century, Dodd (New York, NY), 1988, reprinted, Stackpole (Harrisburg, PA), 1989.
Pregnant Bears and Crawdad Eyes: Excursions and Encounters in Animal Worlds, Mountaineers Books, 1991.
(With W. Sontag and L. Griffin) The National Park Service: A Seventy-fifth Anniversary Album, Roberts Rinehart/National Parks Foundation (Boulder, CO), 1991.
Yellowstone's Ski Pioneers: Peril and Heroism on the Winter Trail, High Plains Publishing (Worland, WY), 1995.
Waterton/Glacier: Land of Hanging Valleys, HarperCollins West (San Francisco, CA), 1996.
Shupton's Fancy: A Tale of the Fly-Fishing Obsession, Stackpole Books (Mechanicsburg, PA), 1996.
Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1997.
(Coauthor with John D. Varley) Yellowstone Fishes: Ecology, History, and Angling in the Park, Stackpole Books (Mechanicsburg, PA), 1998.
Royal Coachman: The Lore and Legends of Fly-Fishing, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1999.
Lewis and Clark among the Grizzlies: Legend and Legacy in the American West, Globe Pequot Press (Guilford, CT), 2002.
Old Yellowstone Days, Colorado Associated University Press (Boulder, CO), 1979.
The Grand Canyon: Early Impressions, Colorado Associated University Press (Boulder, CO), 1981.
American Bears: Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, Colorado Associated University Press (Boulder, CO), 1983.
Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Writings, Peregrine Smith (Layton, UT), 1986.
(And author of new material) Freeman Tildon, The National Parks, foreword by William Penn Mott, revised edition, Knopf (New York, NY), 1986.
Island in the Sky: Pioneering Accounts of Mount Rainier, Mountaineers Books (Seattle, WA), 1987.
(With J. Claar) Bears—Their Biology and Management, International Association for Bear Research and Management/Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park (Yellowstone Park, WY), 1995.
Yellowstone Bear Tales, Roberts Rinehart (Boulder, CO), 1991.
Echoes from the Summit, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1996.
Mark of the Bear, Sierra Books (San Francisco, CA), 1996.
The Yellowstone Wolf: A Guide and Sourcebook, High Plains Publishing (Worland, WY), 1996.
Contributor to books, including The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Balancing Man and Nature in America's Wildlands, with John D. Varley, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1991; The Great Bear, Contemporary Writings on the Grizzly, edited by J. Murray, Alaska Northwest Publishing (Edmonds, WA), 1992; Home Waters: A Fly-Fishing Anthology, Fireside/Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1992; Out among the Wolves, edited by J. Murray, Alaska Northwest Publishing, 1993; and Our Living Resources, National Biological Service, 1995.
Nature columnist and associate editor, Country Journal, 1986-88. Contributor to periodicals, including Country Journal, American West, Field and Stream, National Parks, Outdoor Life, Gray's Sporting Journal, and New York Times Book Review. Editor of American Fly Fisher, 1978-83, and Yellowstone Science, 1992-96. Book reviewer for a wide variety of technical and popular periodicals.
Pregnant Bears and Crawdad Eyes: Excursions and Encounters in Animal Worlds has been translated into Japanese.
SIDELIGHTS: Paul Schullery once told CA: "My work has been in several related areas: conservation history, modern conservation, natural history, sporting history, and modern outdoor sports. Fishing and hunting in North America have not been subjected to one percent of the scholarly scrutiny that has been given to organized games, partly because games, such as football and baseball, are more completely recorded both as far as statistics of the games themselves and as far as the numbers of spectators involved. Field sports, or blood sports, have been passed by in modern scholarship, resulting in a lack of public and scholarly understanding of their place in American culture. Drawn to these activities by my own recreational interests as well as by my related enthusiasms for nature and conservation, I have attempted to encourage the study of field sports by scholars, and have located several fellow enthusiasts with whom I share this project. My essay 'Hope for the Hook and Bullet Press' in the New York Times Book Review in 1985 was an attempt to bring the field of 'outdoor writing' to the attention of more people as a legitimate type of writing with a long and fascinating history. It was also an attempt to cast a sympathetic yet critical eye on that field, and thus was a source of some controversy among outdoor writers.
"I have also enjoyed writing about my own outdoor activities. My book Mountain Time is a memoir of my years as a Yellowstone Park ranger and mixes personal anecdote with examination of the place of wilderness recreation in American life and history."
Schullery's American Fly Fishing: A History, first published in 1987, has been recognized as one of the fore-most books on the subject. Subsequently, as popular films like A River Runs through It brought fly-fishing more prominently into the public consciousness, Schullery's Royal Coachman: The Lore and Legends of Fly-Fishing made a timely debut in 1999. The title derives from "one of the most popular and versatile flies available," explained New York Times Book Review critic Jeff MacGregor, who called Royal Coachman an ambitious work. "Although it frequently relies on personal anecdote," MacGregor added, "it details a selective history of the pastime in the manner of an exceptionally well-written textbook." But the critic also cited Schullery for exploring "the culture, the mechanics and the evolution of the sport in an engaging and informative way." Furthermore, the author "is to be congratulated for doing so without the usual heman bombast or Zen-master voodoo so often found in rod and gun writing."
A mixed review came from Library Journal contributor Jeff Grossman, who had some criticism of Royal Coachman. While maintaining that the book lacks"emotion and insight," Grossman added that Schullery nonetheless, "at his best," is "one of the finest authors of natural history." To Jamie McAlister of BookPage online, the volume "delves into the origins and culture of fly-fishing with a bibliophilic glee, citing a creel-full of written references of the sport."
Schullery's Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Lost Wilderness was published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, where the author works as historian and chief of cultural resources. The book covers the story of the park beyond its public image, delving into the conflicts that have characterized the region's usage over the years. "Schullery's work of environmental history follows the century that has passed since Yellowstone was set apart as a national treasure," noted Michael Umphrey in a Montana Heritage Project review. "It makes for a lively story, because that century has been one of bitter debate, constantly changing as our understanding of both nature and culture has changed."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
AB Bookman's Weekly, June 23, 1997, review of Mark of the Bear, p. 2036, review of The Yellowstone Wolf, p. 2032.
Audubon, November, 1997, review of Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness, p. 95.
Bloomsbury Review, May, 1997, review of Mark of the Bear, p. 25.
Booklist, February 1, 1999, John Rowan, review of Royal Coachman: The Lore and Legends of Fly-Fishing, p. 956; June 1, 2002, Denise Hoover, review of Lewis and Clark among the Grizzlies: Legend and Legacy in the American West, p. 1657.
Choice, May, 1997, review of Mark of the Bear, p. 1526.
Christian Science Monitor, May 20, 1999, review of Royal Coachman, p. 20.
Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1997, review of Searching for Yellowstone, p. 859; January 1, 1999, review of Royal Coachman, p. 51.
Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, January, 1997, review of Echoes from the Summit, p. 29; July, 1999, review of Searching for Yellowstone, p. 36.
Library Journal, September 1, 1997, Patricia Owen, review of Searching for Yellowstone p. 213; February 1, 1999, Jeff Grossman, review of Royal Coachman, p. 100; February 1, 2000, Michael Rogers, review of American Fly Fishing: A History, p. 122.
New York Times Book Review, August 10, 1997, review of Searching for Yellowstone p. 10; May 16, 1999, review of Searching for Yellowstone, p. 36; June 6, 1999, Jeff MacGregor, "Fishing."
Roundup, February, 1999, review of The Bear Hunter's Century, p. 32.
School Library Journal, January, 1997, review of Mark of the Bear, p. 142.
Science Books & Films, January, 1997, review of Echoes from the Summit, p. 14; April, 1997, review of The Yellowstone Wolf, p. 79.
Washington Post Book World, August 10, 1997, review of Searching for Yellowstone, p. 7.
BookPage,http://www.bookpage.com/ (August 21, 2002), Jamie McAlister, review of Royal Coachman.
Montana Heritage Project,http://www.edheritage.org/ (August 21, 2002), Michael Umphrey, review of Searching for Yellowstone.*