Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision: Essays on Literature History and Landscape

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<p>Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was, in the words of historian T. H. Watkins, "a walking tower of American letters". Winner of the Pulitzer prize and the National Book Award for fiction, founder of the Stanford Writing Program, recipient of three Guggenheim fellowships and innumerable honorary degrees, Stegner was both a brilliant writer and an exceptional teacher.<p>Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision brings together leading literary critics, historians, legal scholars, geographers, scientists, and others to present a
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<p>Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was, in the words of historian T. H. Watkins, "a walking tower of American letters". Winner of the Pulitzer prize and the National Book Award for fiction, founder of the Stanford Writing Program, recipient of three Guggenheim fellowships and innumerable honorary degrees, Stegner was both a brilliant writer and an exceptional teacher.<p>Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision brings together leading literary critics, historians, legal scholars, geographers, scientists, and others to present a multifaceted exploration of Stegner's work and its impact, and a thought-provoking examination of his life. Contributors consider Stegner as writer, as historian, and as conservationist, discussing his place in the American literary tradition, his integral role in shaping how Americans relate to the land, and his impact on their own personal lives and careers. They present an eclectic mix of viewpoints as they explore aspects of Stegner's work that they find most intriguing, inspiring, and provocative: <li>Jackson J. Benson on the personal qualities that so distinctively shaped Stegner's writings <li>Walter Nugent on the historical context of Stegner's definition of the West <li>T. H. Watkins on Stegner's contributions to the modern conservation movement <li>Terry Tempest Williams on Stegner's continuing importance as an "elder" in the community of writers he nurtured <li>Other contributors include Dorothy Bradley, John Daniel, Daniel Flores, Melody Graulich, James R. Hepworth, Richard L. Knight, Curt Meine, Thomas R. Vale, Elliott West, and Charles F. Wilkinson.<p>Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision is an illuminating look at Stegner's many and varied contributions to American literature and society. Longtime admirers of Stegner will appreciate it for the new perspectives it provides, while readers less familiar with him will find it a valuable and accessible introduction to his life and work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559635370
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prelude: Stegner in Perspective 1
1 Wallace Stegner and the Shaping of the Modern West 3
Pt. I Stegner as Writer 17
2 Writing As the Expression of Belief 21
3 Wallace Stegner's Hunger for Wholeness 31
4 Ruminations on Stegner's Protective Impulse and the Art of Storytelling 43
5 Wallace Stegner's Practice of the Wild 61
Pt. II Stegner as Historian 81
6 Wallace Stegner's West, Wilderness, and History 85
7 Wallace Stegner, John Wesley Powell, and the Shrinking West 97
8 Bioregionalist of the High and Dry: Stegner and Western Environmentalism 107
9 Wallace Stegner: Geobiographer 121
Pt. III Stegner as Conservationist 137
10 Reluctant Tiger: Wallace Stegner Takes Up the Conservation Mantle 141
11 Nature and People in the American West: Guidance from Wallace Stegner's Sense of Place 163
12 Field Report from the New American West 181
13 Stegner and Contemporary Western Politics of the Land 201
Coda: Recalling Stegner 209
14 Wilderness Conversation 211
Notes 219
About the Contributors 243
Index 245
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