Wallace Stegner

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Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was director of the creative writing program at Stanford University. He is the author of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, Angle of Repose, The Spectacular Bird, a National Book Award winner, and Beyond the Hundreth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West. Stegner passed away at age 84 in 1993, and Stanford has honored him with a two-year creative writing fellowship called the Stegner Fellowship. 

Articles by this Contributor

June 1957

The old frontier began to die as the “medicine line” of the 49th Parallel was drawn

December 1969

Wise men like Thomas Jefferson have always known how to live with the earth instead of against it. We need to develop a land ethic, with wise stewardship and a respect for the earth.

February/March 1979

One hundred years ago, Congress created two agencies—the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ethnology. Both, according to the author, have since “given direction, form, and stimulation to the science of earth and the science of man, and in so doing have touched millions of lives.”

February/march 1981

An exploration into the exploration of America

June/july 1981

Saltair, the stately pleasure dome that used to rise out of the waters of Great Salt Lake, was the Coney Island of the West.

August/September 1985

Much has changed in Utah since World War II, but outside of the metropolitan center in the Salt Lake Valley, the addiction to rural simplicity and the idea of home is still strong.

December 1987

“Why hasn't the stereotype faded away as real cowboys become less and less typical of Western life? Because we can't or won't do without it, obviously.”

October 1955

How the Saskatchewan-Montana prairie country looked a generation ago, and what it meant to a youngster who lived there