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Wallace Stegner acclaimed American novelist and short story writer

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1909
Died onApril 13, 1993
NationalityAmerican
FamousAuthor, Environmentalists, Writers, Novelists, Short Story Writers
IdeologiesEnvironmentalists
City/StateIowa
SpousesMary Stuart Page
Known asWallace Earle Stegner
Childrens Page Stegner
Universities
  • Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Utah
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Committee for Green Foothills
Cause of deathCar Accident
Birth PlaceLake Mills
GenderMale
FatherGeorge Stegner
MotherHilda
Sun SignAquarius
Born inLake Mills
Famous asAuthor
Died at Age84

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Who is Wallace Stegner?

Perhaps no other American writer has earned as many literary awards as Wallace Stegner, who is revered as one of Americas most acclaimed writers. In a writing career that spanned more than 50 years, this Pulitzer Prize winning writer has produced over 24 novels, historical works and collections of stories and essays. His writing essentially celebrated the American West, detailed the fragility of the environment and also highlighted racial prejudice. Apart from a successful writing career, Stegner has enjoyed a long career in teaching both creative writing and literature. He has taught at the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University and Stanford University. He founded the creative writing program at the Stanford University. After his death, the creative writing fellowship, Stegner Fellowship was created in his honour and memory. Some of his well-known works include, 'The Big Rock Candy Mountain', 'Angle of Repose', 'All the Little Live Things', 'The Spectator Bird', 'The American West as Living Space', ' Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil' and 'The City of the Living: And Other Stories'.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as Wallace Earle Stegner in Lake Mills, Iowa, USA, to the couple, George Stegner and Hilds Paulson. He was mainly raised in Great Falls, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah and Eastend, Saskatchewan.

In Utah, he was part of the Boy Scout troop at an LDS Church. He later obtained a B.A from the University of Utah in 1930. Subsequently, he obtained a masters and a doctorate degree from the University of Iowa. He also attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Career

In 1937, he published the novel, ‘Remembering Laughter', which originally won a Novelette Contest that was sponsored by the publisher. This was his first published work in a magazine named, ‘Redbook’.

In 1938, he came out with the short story, ‘Bugle Song'. The same year, he published his novella titled, ‘The Potter's House'. In later years, he came out with the novels, ‘On a Darkling Plain' and 'Fire and Ice '.

In 1942, he came out with the short story, ‘Chip Off the Old Block'. The following year, he published his semi-autobiographical novel, ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain', the non-fiction piece, ‘Mormon Country’ and the short story, 'Hostage'.

Published in 1947, his novel, 'Second Growth' revolves around a group of unsociable natives who get involved with the people from a New England village.

In 1950, he came out with the novel, 'The Preacher and the Slave'. In later years, he came out with 'The City of the Living: And Other Stories', 'One Nation' and ‘Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier'.

In 1971, he published the Pulitzer Prize winning novel titled, ‘Angle of Repose'. The same year, he also came out with the non-fiction book titled, ‘Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil'.

In 1976, he came out with the US National Book Award winning novel titled, ' The Spectator Bird'. The plot of this book revolves around a retired library agent, who receives a letter from an old friend.

In 1982, his non-fiction book titled, ‘Writer in America' was published. The following year, he came out with the book of non-fiction, 'Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature'.

In 1987, he came out with the novel titled, ‘Crossing to Safety', which is regarded as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. The novel traces the lives of two couples.

Major Works

His novel, ‘Angle of Repose' was voted as the best 20th century novel by the 'San Francisco Chronicle'. The ‘Modern Library’ ranked this book to be 82nd on the list of ‘100 best English-language novels of the 20th century'.

Awards & Achievements

In 1937, he was the recipient of the Little Brown Prize for ‘Remembering Laughter’.

In 1945, he was awarded the Houghton-Mifflin Life-in-America Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for ‘One Nation’.

In 1967, he was awarded the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for ‘All the Little Live Things'.

In 1972, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 'Angle of Repose'.

In 1976, he won the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for 'The Spectator Bird'.

In 1977, he won the National Book Award for Fiction for 'The Spectator Bird'.

In 1980, he won the Los Angeles Times Kirsch award for lifetime achievement.

In 1990, he received P.E.N. Center USA West award.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1934, he married Mary Stuart Page. His son, Page Stegner is also a writer.

He died on April 13, 1993 at the age of 84, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, from a car accident in the previous month.

In 2010, the University of Utah Press came out with the Stegner Prize in Environmental or American Western History. This was created in his honour.

The Wallace Stegner Lecture is named and conducted in his honour by the Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

The two-year creative writing fellowship, Stegner Fellowship at the Stanford University is named and conducted in his honour.

Trivia

'The Big Rock Candy Mountain', 'Angle of Repose', 'All the Little Live Things' are some of the works of this highly acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize awarded writer.

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Wallace Stegner awards

YearNameAward

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1977 - National Book Award for Fiction

Wallace Stegner biography timelines

  • // 1930
    In Utah, he was part of the Boy Scout troop at an LDS Church. He later obtained a B.A from the University of Utah in 1930. Subsequently, he obtained a masters and a doctorate degree from the University of Iowa. He also attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
  • // 1934
    In 1934, he married Mary Stuart Page. His son, Page Stegner is also a writer.
  • // 1937
    In 1937, he published the novel, ‘Remembering Laughter', which originally won a Novelette Contest that was sponsored by the publisher. This was his first published work in a magazine named, ‘Redbook’.
  • // 1937
    In 1937, he was the recipient of the Little Brown Prize for ‘Remembering Laughter’.
  • // 1938
    In 1938, he came out with the short story, ‘Bugle Song'. The same year, he published his novella titled, ‘The Potter's House'. In later years, he came out with the novels, ‘On a Darkling Plain' and 'Fire and Ice '.
  • // 1942
    In 1942, he came out with the short story, ‘Chip Off the Old Block'. The following year, he published his semi-autobiographical novel, ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain', the non-fiction piece, ‘Mormon Country’ and the short story, 'Hostage'.
  • // 1945
    In 1945, he was awarded the Houghton-Mifflin Life-in-America Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for ‘One Nation’.
  • // 1947
    Published in 1947, his novel, 'Second Growth' revolves around a group of unsociable natives who get involved with the people from a New England village.
  • // 1950
    In 1950, he came out with the novel, 'The Preacher and the Slave'. In later years, he came out with 'The City of the Living: And Other Stories', 'One Nation' and ‘Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier'.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, he was awarded the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for ‘All the Little Live Things'.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he published the Pulitzer Prize winning novel titled, ‘Angle of Repose'. The same year, he also came out with the non-fiction book titled, ‘Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil'.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 'Angle of Repose'.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he came out with the US National Book Award winning novel titled, ' The Spectator Bird'. The plot of this book revolves around a retired library agent, who receives a letter from an old friend.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he won the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for 'The Spectator Bird'.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he won the National Book Award for Fiction for 'The Spectator Bird'.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he won the Los Angeles Times Kirsch award for lifetime achievement.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, his non-fiction book titled, ‘Writer in America' was published. The following year, he came out with the book of non-fiction, 'Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature'.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he came out with the novel titled, ‘Crossing to Safety', which is regarded as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. The novel traces the lives of two couples.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he received P.E.N. Center USA West award.
  • // 13th Apr 1993
    He died on April 13, 1993 at the age of 84, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, from a car accident in the previous month.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, the University of Utah Press came out with the Stegner Prize in Environmental or American Western History. This was created in his honour.

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Wallace Stegner's FAQ

  • What is Wallace Stegner birthday?

    Wallace Stegner was born at 1909-02-18

  • When was Wallace Stegner died?

    Wallace Stegner was died at 1993-04-13

  • Where was Wallace Stegner died?

    Wallace Stegner was died in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Which age was Wallace Stegner died?

    Wallace Stegner was died at age 84

  • Where is Wallace Stegner's birth place?

    Wallace Stegner was born in Lake Mills

  • What is Wallace Stegner nationalities?

    Wallace Stegner's nationalities is American

  • What is Wallace Stegner ideologies?

    Wallace Stegner's ideologies is Environmentalists

  • Who is Wallace Stegner spouses?

    Wallace Stegner's spouses is Mary Stuart Page

  • Who is Wallace Stegner childrens?

    Wallace Stegner's childrens is Page Stegner

  • What was Wallace Stegner universities?

    Wallace Stegner studied at Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa, University of Utah

  • Which company or organization was founded by Wallace Stegner?

    Wallace Stegner was the founder/co-founder of Committee for Green Foothills

  • What is Wallace Stegner's cause of dead?

    Wallace Stegner dead because of Car Accident

  • Who is Wallace Stegner's father?

    Wallace Stegner's father is George Stegner

  • Who is Wallace Stegner's mother?

    Wallace Stegner's mother is Hilda

  • What is Wallace Stegner's sun sign?

    Wallace Stegner is Aquarius

  • How famous is Wallace Stegner?

    Wallace Stegner is famouse as Author