Stegner, Wallace

▪ American author
in full  Wallace Earl Stegner 
born Feb. 18, 1909, Lake Mills, Iowa, U.S.
died April 13, 1993, Santa Fe, N.M.

      American author of fiction and historical nonfiction set mainly in the western United States. All of his writings are informed by a deep sense of the American experience and the potential, which he termed “the geography of promise,” that the West symbolizes.

      Stegner grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, and in several western states. He received his B.A. degree (1930) from the University of Utah and his M.A. (1932) and Ph.D. (1935) from the University of Iowa. He taught at several universities, notably Stanford University, where from 1945 to 1971 he directed the creative-writing program. His first novel, Remembering Laughter (1937), like his next three novels, was a relatively short work. His fifth novel, The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943), the story of an American family moving from place to place in the West, seeking their fortune, was his first critical and popular success. Among his later novels are The Preacher and the Slave (1950; later titled Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel), the best-selling A Shooting Star (1961), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose (1971), and The Spectator Bird (1976), which won a National Book Award.

      Stegner's nonfiction includes two histories of the Mormon settlement of Utah, Mormon Country (1942) and The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail (1964), and a biography of Western explorer-naturalist John Wesley Powell (Powell, John Wesley), Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954). A book of essays, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West, was published in 1992.

Additional Reading
Philip L. Fradkin, Wallace Stegner and the American West (2008).

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