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The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner

Edited by Page Stegner

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November 18, 2008 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 480 Pages | ISBN 9781582434469
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“A self-portrait in correspondence.” —Chicago Tribune

Wallace Stegner, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize, was the author of thirteen novels and five collections of short stories. The New York Times called him the “dean of Western writers,” and fellow writer Edward Abbey praised him as “the only living American writer worthy of the Nobel.” This collection of a lifetime of Stegner’s letters provides a long-awaited look into the life and mind of one of our most important writers. Edited by his son Page, Stegner’s expansive correspondence shows him not only as a lauded educator and author but also as a man who never stopped learning, never stopped questioning and pushing deeper into the foundation of who he was and where he was from.

About Wallace Stegner, Page Stegner

WALLACE STEGNER taught at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, and Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program and taught such writers as Wendell Berry, Ken Kesey, and Larry McMurtry. He also served as special assistant to Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, where he helped define modern environmental policy. He died in 1993 at the age of 84.

 is a well-known nature writer, historian, essayist, and professor emeritus of American Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives in New Mexico.


“Whether responding to questions from his biographers, engaging in literary controversy, chiding a grandson about his faulty spelling and grammar, or, in 1982, turning down a medal from the National Endowment for the Arts (which he felt was subject to too many political controls), Stegner is always attentive to the niceties of the writing craft, gracious and generous in his assessment of the achievements of others. The letters reveal much about his personal life and innermost thoughts, thus acting as a substitute for the autobiography he never wrote.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“[This] is a collection of letters that are thoughtful, interesting, and peppered with delightful imagery that only a true writer would craft for his audience of one.” —Santa Cruz Sentinel

“A self-portrait in correspondence.” —Chicago Tribune

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