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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Benson, Jackson J.
New York : Viking, 1996
|Named Person:||Wallace Stegner; Wallace Earle Stegner; Wallace Earle Stegner; Wallace Earle Stegner|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Jackson J Benson
|Description:||xx, 472 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Against the grain: a heritage of integrity --
The last homestead frontier: a prairie childhood --
From primitive to intellectual: the education of Wallace Stegner --
From student to professor: the further education of Wallace Stegner --
Becoming a novelist: write a novel and win a prize --
Accomplished writer, Harvard teacher, and friend to the famous: what more do you need? --
Hard work at Harvard: climbing the Big Rock Candy Mountain --
Looking back at the West from Cambridge --
From the fight against rugged individualism to the fight against prejudice and racism --
Back to fiction, on to Stanford --
Abandoning the novel and embracing the short story --
From short story writer to environmentalist --
To the barricades for the environment --
Travel, travel literature, and the search for narrative voice --
An all-star cast --
The struggle to locate oneself --
Historian and "contemporary" --
Trouble in the sixties --
A new life --
The Pulitzer and beyond --
Back to biography and another prizewinning novel --
The past that comes back to haunt us --
Crossing to safety --
Giving all to time.
|Responsibility:||Jackson J. Benson.|
But Benson's book is as much a consideration of Stegner's own literary legacy as it is a blow-by-blow retelling of his life. Providing a critical reassessment of the entire body of Stegner's work, Benson argues convincingly for his subject's place in the literary canon - and not merely as a "regional" Western writer, but quite simply as one of the great writers of twentieth-century American letters, whose books can stand comfortably on the shelf beside the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Steinbeck.
- Stegner, Wallace, -- 1909-1993.
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
- Western stories -- History and criticism.
- Historians -- United States -- Biography.
- West (U.S.) -- Historiography.
- West (U.S.) -- In literature.
- Stegner, Wallace Earle -- (1909-1993) -- Biographies.
- Stegner, Wallace Earle.
- Stegner, Wallace Earle, -- 1909-1993.
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
- Stegner, Wallace Earle -- 1909-1993
- West (U.S.) -- In literature
- Western stories -- History and criticism