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Retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to investigate the memorable history of his grandparents: an East Coast high society couple of the nineteenth century who left their hometown and moved to California when it was still uncivilized territory. As he delves into his family history, Ward begins to realize just how much the past can help us understand the present. Based on the correspondence of American author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote, this work portrays the effort required from people in the Old World so...

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Overview

Retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to investigate the memorable history of his grandparents: an East Coast high society couple of the nineteenth century who left their hometown and moved to California when it was still uncivilized territory. As he delves into his family history, Ward begins to realize just how much the past can help us understand the present. Based on the correspondence of American author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote, this work portrays the effort required from people in the Old World so as to accept a new geographic, historical, and human reality. This exciting family narrative spanning four generations was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and is considered Wallace Stegner’s most important novel, as well as one of the best American novels of the twentieth century.

 

El historiador Lyman Ward, ya retirado de sus tareas docentes, se propone investigar la memorable historia de sus abuelos: una pareja de la alta sociedad de la costa Este que en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX abandona el lugar en el que ambos habían crecido para instalarse en California, cuando este era un territorio aún por civilizar. A la vez que va profundizando en los recuerdos de su familia, Ward se da cuenta de la intensidad con la que el pasado nos ayuda a comprender el presente. Basada en la correspondencia de la autora e ilustradora norteamericana Mary Hallock Foote, esta obra retrata el esfuerzo que tuvieron que hacer las gentes del Viejo Mundo para enfrentarse a una nueva realidad geográfica, histórica y humana. Esta emocionante narración sobre cuatro generaciones de una familia norteamericana fue galardonada con el premio Pulitzer en 1972, y está considerada como la novela más importante de Wallace Stegner y una de las mejores novelas estadounidenses del siglo XX.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788492663088
  • Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language edition
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Stegner was an American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose.

Biography

Wallace Stegner was born in 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he traveled with his parents and brother all over the West-to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, and Wyoming-before settling in Salt Lake City in 1921. Many of the landscapes he encountered in his peripatetic youth figure largely in his work, as do characters based on his stern father and athletic, outgoing brother. Stegner received most of his education in Utah, graduating from the University in 1930. He furthered his education at the University of Iowa, where he received a master's and a doctoral degree. He married Mary Stuart Page in 1934, and for the next decade the couple followed Wallace's teaching career-to the University of Wisconsin, Harvard, and eventually to Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program, and where he was to remain until his retirement in 1971. A number of his creative writing students have become some of today's most well respected writers, including Wendell Berry, Thomas McGuane, Raymond Carver, Edward Abbey, Robert Stone, and Larry McMurty.

Throughout his career and after, Stegner's literary output was tremendous. His first novel, Remembering Laughter, was published in 1937. By the time of his death in 1993 he had published some two dozen works of fiction, history, biography, and essays. Among his many literary prizes are the Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971) and the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird (1976). His collection of essays, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs (1992), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award.

Although his fiction deals with many universal themes, Stegner is primarily recognized as a writer of the American West. Much of his literature deals with debunking myths of the West as a romantic country of heroes on horseback, and his passion for the terrain and its inhabitants have earned him the title "The Dean of Western Letters." He was one of the few true Men of Letters in this generation. An historian, essayist, short story writer and novelist, as well as a leading environmental writer. Although always connected in people's minds with the West, he had a long association with New England. Many short stories and one of his most successful novels, Crossing to Safety, are set in Vermont, where he had a summer home for many years. Another novel, The Spectator Bird, takes place in Denmark.

An early environmentalist, he actively championed the region's preservation and was instrumental-with his now-famous 'Wilderness Letter'-in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Honest and straightforward, educated yet unpretentious, cantankerous yet compassionate, Wallace Stegner was an enormous presence in the American literary landscape, a man who wrote and lived with ferocity, energy, and integrity.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wallace Earle Stegner (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 18, 1909
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lake Mills, Iowa
    1. Date of Death:
      April 13, 1993
    2. Place of Death:
      Santa Fe, New Mexico

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