Search Results: "Wallace Stegner"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CITY OF THE LIVING by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1956

"Stegner makes an efficient- if not outstanding- use of this medium- seldom one to attract the full strength public of the full length book."
A sheaf of short stories, eight in all, are undercut by the realities of poverty, death, and acceptance of the immutable facts which only experience can teach, a moment of sudden recognition. Read full book review >

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ONE NATION by Wallace Stegner
Released: Sept. 25, 1945

"He treads on lots of toes — but — in the brevity of the book — may reach many hearts."
This is a Life on America prize winner, which may give it one boost over the hurdle that it is "another book about our minority problem". 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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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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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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THE WOMEN ON THE WALL by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1949

"I'd suggest for sampling, to give you a flavor distinguishing these stories from the average collection, the following:- Beyond the Glass Mountain, the story of two one-time school chums meeting years later, when roles were reversed; Goin' To Town, a study of anticlimax; Two Rivers for contrast in mood; The Colt, a story of a boy's love for a colt- and the tragic aftermath; The Sweetness of the Twisted Apples for the flavor of rural life."
Stegner's versatility is already well proven, and this volume of wholly unstandardized short stories is but further evidence. 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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A SHOOTING STAR by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1961

"It is a compassionate but never sentimentalized handling, which, perhaps, will touch women's sensibilities rather than men's."
Immensely readable, provocative, challenging, if not always wholly credible- this is Stegner's most mature and rewarding book. 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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Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"You write what you are, asserts Stegner, one of those truths no artist escapes."
Thoughts on writing—his own and a healthy selection from those he admires—from the late Stegner (Marking the Sparrow's Fall, 1998, etc.), who along his protean way started the Stanford Writing Program. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"For readers who are new to Stegner's environmental work, this is as good an introduction as any."
A greatest-hits package from the late dean of western American letters. Read full book review >

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THE UNEASY CHAIR by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2001

"We wondered 'why Stegner cares so much,' but in retrospect, the answer seems clearer."
Novelist Stegner tends to identify with writers like himself: westerners who try to forge a literary identity far from the East Coast establishment. Read full book review >