Wallace Stegner


Born
in Lake Mills, Iowa, The United States
February 18, 1909

Died
April 13, 1993

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Wallace Earle Stegner was an American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist. Some call him "The Dean of Western Writers." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977.

Average rating: 4.16 · 124,942 ratings · 13,426 reviews · 102 distinct worksSimilar authors
Angle of Repose

4.26 avg rating — 52,167 ratings — published 1971 — 46 editions
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Crossing to Safety

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4.16 avg rating — 37,442 ratings — published 1987 — 58 editions
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

4.16 avg rating — 6,993 ratings — published 1943 — 9 editions
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The Spectator Bird

3.99 avg rating — 5,701 ratings — published 1976 — 33 editions
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Beyond the Hundredth Meridi...

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4.06 avg rating — 3,296 ratings — published 1954 — 20 editions
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All the Little Live Things

4.10 avg rating — 2,913 ratings — published 1967 — 25 editions
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Where the Bluebird Sings to...

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Remembering Laughter

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3.81 avg rating — 1,283 ratings — published 1937 — 11 editions
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Recapitulation

3.85 avg rating — 1,084 ratings — published 1979 — 13 editions
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“Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to
wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.”
Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

“Touch. It is touch that is the deadliest enemy of chastity, loyalty, monogamy, gentility with its codes and conventions and restraints. By touch we are betrayed and betray others ... an accidental brushing of shoulders or touching of hands ... hands laid on shoulders in a gesture of comfort that lies like a thief, that takes, not gives, that wants, not offers, that awakes, not pacifies. When one flesh is waiting, there is electricity in the merest contact.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

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