April 8, 2012 |
Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford University, was born in 1909 in Iowa and grew up in Utah and Saskatchewan, Canada. Today he is chiefly remembered for his fictional portraits of steely homesteaders and his musings on the American wilderness. But Stegner lived in Vermont most summers from the late 1930s until his death in 1993, and he considered the small Vermont village of Greensboro his home away from home.
February 10, 2008 |
PHILIP FRADKIN'S skillful biography of Wallace Stegner may induce a mild case of lifestyle envy. As director of Stanford's creative writing program, Stegner had it made: light duties, a pleasant setting and extravagantly gifted students. When he and his wife weren't horseback riding to the nearby coastal mountains, they traveled widely, usually on someone else's dime; a pride of prestigious fellowships saw to that.
February 6, 2008
Re "A classic, or a fraud?" Opinion, Feb. 3 Philip L. Fradkin points out that you can't libel a dead person -- which is, perhaps, unfortunate for Wallace Stegner. Of course, Stegner probably wouldn't have been too concerned about it. He understood how writers embellish the details of people's lives (as Mary Foote, no doubt, also understood) to create fiction, and would've thought it preposterous to suggest such details could be considered plagiarism or copyright infringement, or even worse, immoral.
February 3, 2008 |
Plagiarism is apparently so rife these days that it would not be surprising to discover that "The Little Book of Plagiarism," by Richard A. Posner, has itself been plagiarized. What is this modern-day phenomenon that has spread like poison ivy through the ranks of novelists, historians, academics, scientists, students and almost anyone who uses and publishes words?
November 24, 2007 |
WITH little fanfare, a new book by Wallace Steg- ner, set in a dry land and exploring natural resources -- an obsession his western fiction explored -- has just been published. In the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Nick Owchar called the book "a great adventure story." But according to some of the author's inner circle, the book -- written as a work-for-hire job for a group of U.S. oil companies based in Arabia in the 1950s -- should never have seen the light of day.
November 24, 2007 |
The California writer Wallace Stegner is well known to readers for novels such as "Angle of Repose" and "Crossing to Safety. " But Stegner had another dimension, as an advocate for a literary West -- especially the West of mountains and desert and big sky -- not often enough heard from. The West, wrote Stegner -- who was born in 1909 in Iowa and grew up in Montana, Utah and elsewhere before settling in Northern California's Los Altos Hills until his death in 1993 -- was a place defined by its restlessness.