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Wallace Stegner and the American West.


Wallace Stegner and the American West.

Fradkin, Philip L.

Alfred A. Knopf


369 pages




Stegner's Angle of Repose and The Spectator Bird were just two of his masterpieces. His others include passionate pleas for the preservation of wildness and the retreat of concrete as he watched Silicon Valley stretch from horizon to horizon. Distinguished journalist Fradkin closely follows Stegner's hard years as a youngster in both the coldest and hottest locales of the West, the beginnings of his career at the U. of Iowa during the Depression, his founding and development of the Stanford Creative Writing Program, his mentorship of such writers as Ken Kesey and Edward Abbey, and his fight against charges of plagiarism despite his Pulitzer for Angle of Repose. The result is a clear assessment of how much locale can be built inside a human being.

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