Search Results: "Wallace Stegner"


BOOK REVIEW

SECOND GROWTH by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1947

"So well done that it will be enjoyed by an appreciative though not a large audience."
Stegner has proved himself adept in the field of the short novel; he has written one important novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain; now comes this book, neither novel nor short stories-but a book about a New Hampshire village that grows into a town during the vacation season when the visitors bring it to life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1962

"This book, one to be read slowly, savored and re-read, will appeal to those with the West in their bones and to searchers for the vanished frontier in its not so-distant reality."
The author of this delightful book, one of America's most distinguished writers, states that it is "A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier", and it follows this subtitle exactly. Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING LAUGHTER by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1937

"A tragic story, implicit with far more than the bare outlines reveal."
The $2,500 Prize Novelette, and a memorable award, in discovering a new writer of real merit, and giving impetus to a shorter form of novel writing which has proved its value in such gems as Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Of Mice and Men. Read full book review >

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ALL THE LITTLE LIVE THINGS by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 1967

"Probably for the same reason that that same generation feels as it does about what is happening in the novel today—and this book will be a very compatible compromise, certified by its Literary Guild selection for August."
Joe and Ruth Austin, sixtyish, retire, withdraw, in California after their son, an existentialist with whom Joe could never sympathize, dies. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1954

"An important facet of American growth is here given due consideration."
The thrilling record of the first expedition to descend the Green and Colorado Rivers makes a dramatic introduction to the life of John Wesley Powell, but actually his contribution to the opening West, and his permanent part in putting our government into scientific studies of the nation are the major claims to a fame, unjustly obscured. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND ICE by Wallace Stegner
Released: April 24, 1941

"Later he is released from jail when charges are not pressed, and comes out a wiser man."
I had hoped that by now Stegner would have grown beyond the vignette type of book, but once again his story does not quite add up to a full-bodied novel. Read full book review >

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RECAPITULATION by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1978

"But more than the memories themselves, which are basically undramatic and recessive, Stegner's cool-handed assurance—and his heightened visibility as a National Book Award winner—will reach out to those earnest readers who are able to derive substantial pleasure from mild, quiet, competent work."
Bruce Mason, a retired career diplomat, returns to the site of his boyhood, Salt Lake City, to bury an elderly aunt. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1943

"It is one of the important novels of the Fall season."
This is the most important book Wallace Stegner has done, and he has been marked as "a comer" ever since his memorable novelette, Remembering Laughter. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS OF BERNARD DEVOTO by Bernard DeVoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1975

"Vehement and lively — for those with some memory of his rambunctious column."
Novelist Stegner, who wrote his friend Benny DeVoto's life in The Uneasy Chair, follows up with 148 letters chosen from the many thousands DeVoto dispatched to private people and public figures. Read full book review >

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CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1987

"In all, less moving as a whole piece than highly remarkable for the fine penetration and achievement of some of its moments."
Stegner takes a long look back—at four decades of a foursome's life—in a novel that at moments is beguiling, though at others it labors for its theme. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1992

"Absolutely worthwhile, but highly charged only here and there."
Western Americana and literary history by the Pulitzer-winning novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1964

"Concerned with how the West—not how the Faith—was won, the author manages to reconstruct another historical chapter of the American Frontier story— undistinguished but interesting in its place."
The American West was settled by many hardy types, pioneers in search of freer land, economic betterment, or adventure; but it was only the Mormons who set out with the promise of eternal life. Read full book review >