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Wallace Stegner (1909–1993)

Author of Angle of Repose

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About the Author

In 1972, Wallace Earle Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's recreation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. Stegner was born on February 18, 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa. He was an American show more novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian; he has been called "The Dean of Western Writers". He also won the US National Book Award in 1977 for The Spectator Bird. Stegner grew up in Great Falls, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah; and in the village of Eastend, Saskatchewan, which he wrote about in his autobiography Wolf Willow. Stegner taught at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University. Eventually he settled at Stanford University, where he initiated the creative writing program. His students included Wendell Berry, and Sandra Day O'Connor. The Stegner Fellowship program at Stanford University is a two-year creative writing fellowship. The house Stegner lived in from age 7 to 12 in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, was restored by the Eastend Arts Council in 1990 and established as a Residence for Artists; the Wallace Stegner Grant For The Arts offers a grant of $500 and free residency at the house for the month of October for published Canadian writers. Stegner died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 13, 1993, from a car accident on March 28, 1993. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose (1971) 5,475 copies
Crossing to Safety (1987) 4,276 copies
The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943) 1,149 copies
The Spectator Bird (1976) 1,070 copies
All the Little Live Things (1967) 708 copies
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Editor — 498 copies
Recapitulation (1979) 323 copies
A Shooting Star (1961) 278 copies
Mormon Country (1942) 275 copies
Joe Hill (1950) 260 copies
Remembering Laughter (1937) 247 copies
American Places (1981) 209 copies
Sound of Mountain Water (1969) 183 copies
The Women on the Wall (1950) 75 copies
Second Growth (Bison Book) (1947) 60 copies
Four Portraits and One Subject: Bernard DeVoto (1963) — Editor; Contributor — 16 copies
Angle Of Repose Part 2 of 2 (1996) 13 copies
One Way to Spell Man (1982) 12 copies
One Nation (1945) 10 copies
Great Western short stories (1777) — Introduction; Contributor — 9 copies
The Sense of Place (1986) 6 copies
On a Darkling Plain (1940) 4 copies
The potter's house (1938) 4 copies
Modern composition (1969) 4 copies
To a Young Writer (2009) 3 copies
Teaching the Short Story (1966) 3 copies
The City of the Living (1956) 3 copies
Two Rivers 3 copies
FIRE AND ICE 2 copies
COME SI DIVENTA SCRITTORE (1993) 2 copies
The writer in America (1951) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) — Introduction, some editions — 43,184 copies
The Big Sky (1947) — Foreword, some editions — 1,136 copies
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (1875) — Introduction, some editions — 707 copies
FaceOff (2014) — Editor, some editions — 508 copies
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Contributor — 436 copies
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 368 copies
Trails West (1979) 261 copies
Literary history of the United States (1946) — Contributor — 190 copies
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributor — 189 copies
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Contributor — 130 copies
The Aspirin Age, 1919-1941 (1949) — Contributor — 129 copies
Ansel Adams: Images 1923-1974 (1974) — Foreword — 56 copies
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contributor — 51 copies
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (2000) — Contributor — 44 copies
Unknown California (1985) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry (2011) — Contributor — 41 copies
Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre (1982) — Foreword — 24 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943) — Contributor — 11 copies
A Zion Canyon Reader (2014) — Contributor — 10 copies
The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947) — Contributor — 7 copies
Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
A Vanishing America: The Life and Times of the Small Town (1964) — Introduction — 7 copies
The Literary Horse: Great Modern Stories About Horses (1995) — Contributor — 6 copies
Great Salt Lake: An Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952) — Contributor — 5 copies
Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942) — Contributor — 4 copies
Remembering (1981) — Contributor — 4 copies
Great Tales of the Far West (1956) — Contributor — 2 copies
Ansel Adams - Letters & Images 1916-1984 — Foreword — 2 copies
Sunstone - Vol. 5:1, January/February 1980 (1980) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Stegner, Wallace Earle
Birthdate
1909-02-18
Date of death
1993-04-13
Burial location
Lincoln-Noyes Cemetery, Greensboro, Vermont, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Lake Mills, Iowa, USA
Place of death
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Cause of death
respiratory failure
Places of residence
Lake Mills, Iowa, USA
Great Falls, Montana, USA
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Saskatchewan, Canada
Los Altos Hills, California, USA
Education
University of Utah (BA ∙ 1930)
State University of Iowa (MA ∙ 1932)
State University of Iowa (PhD ∙ 1935)
University of California
Occupations
professor
historian
novelist
essayist
Relationships
Stegner, Page (son)
Stegner, Mary (wife)
Organizations
Stanford University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Harvard University
University of Utah
Augusta College
Sierra Club (show all 9)
University of Toronto
American Academy in Rome
National Parks Advisory Board
Awards and honors
Pulitzer Prize (1972)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1969)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1965)
American Antiquarian Society (1985)
Robert Kirsch Award (1980)
Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award (1974) (show all 16)
Fellow, Utah State Historical Society
O. Henry Award (1942, 1950, 1954)
National Book Award (1977)
Commonwealth Club Gold Medal (1968)
Blackhawk Award (1963)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1972)
Fublright Fellowship (1962, 1968)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1950, 1952, 1960)
Rockefeller Fellowship (1950-51)
Phi Beta Kappa
Short biography
Wallace Earle Stegner was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called "The Dean of Western Writers". He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977.

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Discussions

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Reviews

A modern historian writes a book about his grandparents in order to understand why their lives (and his) turned out the way they did. Beautiful book.
 
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adamhindman | 182 other reviews | May 1, 2024 |
A very short, poignant novel. I’m not sure why this was in my audio collection (must have been free!) as it didn’t tick my usual boxes and I’d never even heard of the author (turns out he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner - oops!). However, this bleak little tale had an evocative sense of time and place. Good work from the narrator in this version, too.

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A very short, poignant novel. I’m not sure why this was in my audio collection (must have been free!) as it didn’t tick my usual boxes and I’d never even heard of the author (turns out he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner - oops!). However, this bleak little tale had an evocative sense of time and place. Good work from the narrator in this version, too.… (more)
 
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Mercef | 10 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |

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Stephen Crane Contributor
T. H. Watkins Introduction
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Edith Wharton Contributor
Herman Melville Contributor
Edgar Allan Poe Contributor
James Thurber Contributor
Henry James Contributor
Eudora Welty Contributor
Ambrose Bierce Contributor
William Faulkner Contributor
Washington Irving Contributor
Sherwood Anderson Contributor
O. Henry Contributor
John O'Hara Contributor
William March Contributor
Hortense Calisher Contributor
Conrad Aiken Contributor
H.L. Davis Contributor
Julius P. Barclay Bibliography
Dorothy M. Johnson Contributor
Juanita Brooks Contributor
Frederic Remington Contributor
Willa Cather Contributor
Jack London Contributor
Harvey Fergusson Contributor
Emerson Hough Contributor
Oliver La Farge Contributor
William Saroyan Contributor
Will Henry Contributor
Jarvis Thurston Contributor
Ray B. West Jr. Contributor
Conrad Richter Contributor
Max Brand Contributor
Owen Wister Contributor
Jackson J. Benson Introduction
William Low Illustrator
Jane Smiley Introduction
Robert Stone Introduction
Mark Bramhall Narrator

Statistics

Works
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Members
18,865
Popularity
#1,159
Rating
4.0
Reviews
527
ISBNs
335
Languages
9
Favorited
119

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