Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work

Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work

by Jackson J. Benson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803225377

ISBN-13: 9780803225374

Pub. Date: 05/01/2009

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


In a career spanning more than fifty years, Wallace Stegner (1909–93) emerged as the greatest contemporary author of the American West—writing more than two dozen works of history, biography, essays, and fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose and the bestselling Crossing to Safety. Jackson J. Benson’s…  See more details below

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In a career spanning more than fifty years, Wallace Stegner (1909–93) emerged as the greatest contemporary author of the American West—writing more than two dozen works of history, biography, essays, and fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose and the bestselling Crossing to Safety. Jackson J. Benson’s Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work is the first full-dress biography of this celebrated “Dean of Western Writers.”

Drawing on nearly ten years of research and unlimited access to Stegner’s letters and personal files, Benson traces the trajectory of Wallace Stegner’s life from his birth on his grandfather’s Iowa farm to his prominence as an award-winning writer, critic, historian, environmental activist, and teacher, and as founder of Stanford’s creative writing program.

But Benson’s book is as much a consideration of Stegner’s literary legacy as it is a retelling of his life. His critical reassessment of the entire body of Stegner’s work argues convincingly for his subject’s place in the literary canon—not merely as a “regional” Western writer but straightforwardly as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803225374
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
1,431,630
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 3.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Illustrations xvii

Introduction: Against the Grain-A Heritage of Integrity 1

1 The Last Homestead Frontier: A Prairie Childhood 16

2 From Primitive to Intellectual: The Education of Wallace Stegner 39

3 From Student to Professor: The Further Education of Wallace Stegner 54

4 Becoming a Novelist: Write a Novel and Win a Prize 68

5 Accomplished Writer, Harvard Teacher, and Friend to the Famous: What More Do You Need? 83

6 Hard Work at Harvard: Climbing the Big Rock Candy Mountain 99

7 Looking Back at the West From Cambridge 116

8 From the Fight Against Rugged Individualism to the Fight Against Prejudice and Racism 132

9 Back to Fiction, On to Stanford 151

10 Abandoning the Novel and Embracing the Short Story 171

11 From Short Story Writer to Environmentalist 192

12 To the Barricades for the Environment 211

13 Travel, Travel Literature, and the Search for Narrative Voice 233

14 An All-Star Cast 248

15 The Struggle to Locate Oneself 267

16 Historian and "Contemporary" 290

17 Trouble in the Sixties 311

18 A New Life 333

19 The Pulitzer and Beyond 344

20 Back to Biography and Another Prizewinning Novel 364

21 The Past That Comes Back to Haunt Us 381

22 Crossing to Safety 396

23 Giving all to Time 412

Notes and Documentation 423

Index 457

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