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Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner (1909–1993), widely regarded as the “Dean of Western Writers,” authored over a dozen novels, including The Big Rock Candy Mountain, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose, and The Spectator Bird, winner of the National Book Award. He also authored five short story collections and sixteen works of nonfiction. Stegner taught at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, and Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program.



He was looking at the Foxy Grandpa book that Mr. Richie had given him when he heard the lock click. Instantly he shoved the book under him and crowded back against the wall, his feet just sticking over the edge of the cot, his arms hugged tight aroun [...]

Chip Off the Old Block

Sitting alone looking at the red eyes of the parlor heater, Chet thought how fast things happened. One day the flu hit. Two days after that his father left for Montana to get a load of whisky to sell for medicine. The next night he got back in the mi [...]

The New Novels

The Trees. By Conrad Richter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $2.50. Come Spring. By Ben Ames Williams. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $2.75. This Land Is Ours. By Louis Zara. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $2.75. Oh, Promised Land. By James Street. [...]

Conductivity in Fiction

Night Rider. By Robert Penn Warren. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $2.50. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. By Katherine Anne Porter. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $2.00. Sirocco. By Ralph Bates. New York: Random House. $2.50. The Wild Palms. By W [...]

Bugle Song

There had been a wind during the night, and all the loneliness of the world had swept up out of the southwest. The boy had heard it wailing through the screens of the sleeping porch where he lay, and he had heard the wash tub bang loose from the outs [...]

Chronicles of the West

American Years. By Harold Sinclair. New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company. $2.50. Free Land. By Rose Wilder Lane. New York: Longmans, Green and Company. $2.50. What People Said. By W. L. White. New York: The Viking Press. $2.75. It is probab [...]