Joe Hill; a biographical novel

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Doubleday, 1969 - Fiction - 381 pages
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User Review  - Maggie Emmett - Goodreads

This is a book about Joe Hill, the Union Organiser and Wobbly Bard who was executed in 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He of the famous son, sung in the 60's by Joan Baez, "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

Started out slow for me, really got good in the end. A mixture of fact and fiction. Read full review

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Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel. New York: Ballantine Books, 1950. Controversial novel that implies Joe Hilll was guilty. First published as "The Preacher ... joehill.html

Wallace Stegner: Biography and Much More from
The Preacher and the Slave would be republished as Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel in 1969. Stegner also publishes The Woman in the Wall, a collection of ... topic/ wallace-stegner

About the author (1969)

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.

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