Wallace Stegner and the American West (Paperback)

By Philip L. Fradkin

University of California Press, 9780520259577, 406pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2009

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Hardcover (2/12/2008)

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Renowned environmental historian Philip L. Fradkin reveals the Wallace Stegner behind the literary legacy—a generous teacher, conservationist, and man whose early landscapes shaped his life and character. Fradkin chronicles Stegner's formative years, from the raw, desolate plains of Saskatchewan and the canyonlands of Utah to California's Silicon Valley. A lifelong teacher and environmentalist, Stegner inspired countless writers and defended the wilderness against human desecration. In this biography of man, place, and century, Fradkin traces Stegner's life across its many landscapes, and shows us how this child of the fading frontier became the voice, protector, and enduring icon of the West.

About the Author

Philip L. Fradkin is the author of eleven highly praised books, including A River No More and The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906. He was the first western editor of Audubon Magazine and shared a Pulitzer Prize as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

Praise For Wallace Stegner and the American West

“This is a splendid scholarly study of America’s most important twentieth-century interpreter of the West.”

— Malcolm Rohrbough

“Illuminating. . . . Goes beyond Stegner’s iconic status to give us. . . the influential teacher and visionary conservationist.”

— Entrada Institute

“Fradkin is the perfect fit to study Stegner’s career in the West. . . . This is a fine [assessment].”

— Richard H. Dillon