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Wallace Earle Stegner

Wallace Earle Stegner, American author. Guggenheim fellow, 1950, 52; recipient Robert Kirsch award, 1980. Member American Institute & Academy Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Background

  • Stegner, Wallace Earle was born on February 18, 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa, United States. Son of George Henry and Hilda Emilia (Paulson).

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Utah, 1930. Doctor of Letters, University Utah, 1968. AM, University Iowa, 1932.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1935. Postgrad., University California, 1933. Doctor of Humane Letters, University California, 1969.

      Doctor of Letters, Utah State University, 1972. Doctor of Laws, University Saskatchewan, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters, Santa Clara University, 1979.

      Doctor of Letters, University Wisconsin, 1986. Doctor of Letters, Montana State University, 1987.

    Career

    • Instructor English Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1933-1934, University Utah, 1934-1937, University Wisconsin, 1937-1939. Briggs Copeland instructor Harvard, 1939-1945. Professor English Stanford, 1945-1971, Reynolds professor humanities, 1969-1971.

    Works

    • The uneasy chair;: A biography of Bernard DeVoto
    • "He was precocious, alert, intelligent, brash, challenging, irreverent, literary, self-conscious, insecure, often ostentatiously crude, sometimes insufferable," Wallace Stegner says of Bernard DeVoto, who, in the words of a childhood acquaintance, was also "the ugliest, most disagreeable boy you ever saw.
    • American Places (Penguin Classics)
    • "This book is an attempt, by sampling, to say something about how the American people and the American land have interacted, how they have shaped one another; what patterns of life, with what chances of continuity, have arisen out of the confrontations between an unformed society and a virgin continent.
    • Sound of Mountain Water
    • The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist.

    Membership

    Member American Institute & Academy Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences.

    Connections

    • Son of; married Mary Stuart Page, September 1, 1934. 1 child, Stuart Page.
    • father: George Henry Son
    • mother: Hilda Emilia (Paulson) Son
    • spouse: Mary Stuart Page
    • child: Stuart Page Stegner
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    Born February 18, 1909
    Died April 13, 1993
    (aged 84)
    Nationality
    • 1930
      University Utah
    • 1968
      University Utah
    • 1932
      University Ia.
    • 1935
      University Ia.
    • 1933
      University California
    • 1969
      University California
    • 1972
      Utah State University
    • 1973
      University Saskatchewan
    • 1979
      Santa Clara University
    • 1986
      University Wisconsin
    • 1987
      Montana State University
    • 1933 - 1934
      Instructor, English Augustana College
      Rock Island, Illinois, United States
    • 1934 - 1937
      Instructor, English Augustana College
    • 1937 - 1939
      Instructor, English Augustana College
    • 1939 - 1945
      Briggs Copeland instructor, Harvard
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    Award