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 · 111,829 ratings · 11,929 reviews · 96 distinct worksSimilar authors
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

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The Spectator Bird

3.98 avg rating — 4,930 ratings — published 1976 — 32 editions
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Remembering Laughter

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Recapitulation

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More books by Wallace Stegner…
“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

Polls

April 2019 New School Poll

Foundation by Isaac Asimov244 pages, 1951
 
  120 votes, 40.3%

Stoner by John Williams, 278 pages, 1965
 
  67 votes, 22.5%

So Big by Edna Ferber, 376 pages, 1924
 
  36 votes, 12.1%

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 569 pages, 1971
 
  30 votes, 10.1%

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, 198 pages, 1940
 
  24 votes, 8.1%

 
  21 votes, 7.0%

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