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Wallace Stegner's West: Selected Works
     

Wallace Stegner's West: Selected Works

by Wallace Stegner, Page Stegner (Editor)
 

Fiction. Essays. Edited with an introduction by Page Stegner. This collection of Wallace Stegner's fiction and essays is as broad as the Great Basin and as dynamic as California's coastline. Considered one of the foremost writers of the West, Stegner ranges with ease from Utah to California, and from epic novels to nonfiction essays, in this first major compendium

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Fiction. Essays. Edited with an introduction by Page Stegner. This collection of Wallace Stegner's fiction and essays is as broad as the Great Basin and as dynamic as California's coastline. Considered one of the foremost writers of the West, Stegner ranges with ease from Utah to California, and from epic novels to nonfiction essays, in this first major compendium of his extensive body of work. Included are several previously unpublished essays, and anchoring it all is an instinctive sense of place. Stegner—winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award—devoted his career to writing about the West. As the director and founder of Stanford University's creative writing program, he helped influence the likes of Wendell Berry, Edward Abbey, Larry McMurtry, and Barry Lopez. He fought not only for recognition of a Western cultural base but also for the protection of the region's delicate environment. The West was not simply a source of inspiration to Stegner but a state of mind—a revelatory concept to many people at the time. His writing, however, remains the centerpiece of his legacy. A brilliant observer and a master of language, few writers have come close to capturing the essence of Western life as well as Wallace Stegner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597141116
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Taking the American frontier ¿ both physical and psychological ¿ as his subject, Wallace Stegner created a body of work that stretches from prizewinning novels and short stories to historical and political nonfiction. Taking both human experience and natural beauty as his muses, Stegner embodied what he called the ¿western character.¿

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 18, 1909
Date of Death:
April 13, 1993
Place of Birth:
Lake Mills, Iowa
Place of Death:
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Education:
B.A., University of Utah, 1930; attended University of California, 1932-33; Ph. D., State University of Iowa, 1935

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