When he sent this letter to VQR Editor Lambert Davis, Wallace Stegner was in his late twenties and just starting to establish himself in national publications. From 1938 to 1943, he published three short stories and three book reviews in VQR. In 1940 he was offered an editorial position with the magazine for a term of one to two years. Stegner declined the position because of his recent appointment at Harvard University. He later moved back to his native West and became the founding director of the creative-writing program at Stanford University. His correspondence and manuscripts are in the VQR archives in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.