Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Living and Writing in the West
Publication Date: April 9, 2002
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Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs gathers together Wallace Stegner’s most important and memorable writings on the American West: its landscapes, diverse history, and shifting identity; its beauty, fragility, and power. With subjects ranging from the writer’s own “migrant childhood” to the need to protect what remains of the great western wilderness (which Stegner dubs “the geography of hope”) to poignant profiles of western writers such as John Steinbeck and Norman Maclean, this collection is a riveting testament to the power of place. At the same time it communicates vividly the sensibility and range of this most gifted of American writers, historians, and environmentalists.
T. H. Watkins (1936–2000) was the first Wallace Stegner Dis-tinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University. Watkins wrote twenty-eight books on history, the environment, and nature, including Righteous Pilgrim: The Life of Harold Ickes, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Award.
“No one has written more or better about the West, past and present, than Wallace Stegner.”—USA Today