Wallace Stegner and the American West

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University of California Press, Feb 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 369 pages
Renowned environmental historian Philip L. Fradkin reveals the Wallace Stegner behind the literary legacy—a generous teacher, conservationist, and man whose early landscapes shaped his life and character. Fradkin chronicles Stegner's formative years, from the raw, desolate plains of Saskatchewan and the canyonlands of Utah to California's Silicon Valley. A lifelong teacher and environmentalist, Stegner inspired countless writers and defended the wilderness against human desecration. In this biography of man, place, and century, Fradkin traces Stegner's life across its many landscapes, and shows us how this child of the fading frontier became the voice, protector, and enduring icon of the West.
 

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I learned a lot about Stegner , not only was he a excellent writer, he was also an excellent teacher. Many of the best post ww 2 writers were taught by him at Sanford. one the more interesting parts ... Read full review

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Benson's biography of Stegner seemed lacking somehow. Fradkin's, however, hits a homerun. Fradkin wisely does not dwell too much on Stegner's childhood which already has been covered in detail by ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xiii
Prologue
3
Unformed Youth
7
Talented Teacher
75
Reluctant Conservationist
163
Prominent Author
223
Epilogue
297
Acknowledgments
325
Works By and About Wallace Stegner
327
Notes
331
Index
357
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Philip L. Fradkin is the author of eleven highly praised books, including A River No More and The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906. He was the first western editor of Audubon Magazine and shared a Pulitzer Prize as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

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