9780140169300

Angle of Repose (Contemporary American Fiction)

Stegner, Wallace

ISBN 10: 014016930X / 0-14-016930-X
ISBN 13: 9780140169300
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

Review:
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the twentieth century.
        
Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, husbands and wives. Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical--that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.

        "Angle of Repose is a long, intricate, deeply rewarding novel," wrote William Abrahams in the Atlantic Monthly. "[It] is neither the predictable historical-regional Western epic, nor the equally predictable four-decker family saga, the Forsytes in California, so to speak. . . . For all [its] breadth and sweep, Angle of Repose achieves an effect of intimacy, hence of immediacy, and, though much of the material is 'historical,' an effect of discovery also, of experience newly minted rather than a pageantlike re-creation. . . . Wallace Stegner has written a superb novel, with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction."


"Angle of Repose is a novel about Time, as much as anything--about people who live through time, who believe in both a past and a future. . . . It reveals how even the most rebellious crusades of our time follow paths that our great-grandfathers' feet beat dusty."
        --Wallace Stegner

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Book Description: Penguin, New York, NY, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: NEW. First Edition, 14th Printing. NEW COPY. 1972 Pultizer Prize winning novel of Iowa-born writer, novelist and teacher Wallace Stegner (1909 - 1993). Lengthy, introspective novel of a retired, wheelchair bound, historian who, having lost contact with his immediate family, withdraws to his grandparents' home in Grass Valley, California to research the lives of his pioneer forebearers. The novel spans four generations covering the years 1860 - 1970, and inspired by, and draws upon, the letters of Mary Hallock Foote. An engrossing novel. Bookseller Inventory # 014978

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Book Description: Penguin (Non-Classics) May 1992, 1992. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. 'Now I believe they will leave me alone.' Increasingly isolated from his son and estranged from his wife, retired historian Lyman Ward - wheelchair-bound and suffering from a debilitating bone disease - retreats to his grandparent's home to write the biography of his grandmother, Susan Burling Ward. A Victorian-era artist, Susan charmed New York's elite, especially the highborn Augusta Drake Hudson, with whom she maintains correspondence throughout her life. When Susan accepts an offer of marriage from the bright and capable (though not-nearly-so-refined) Oliver Ward, they embark for California's frontier where Oliver is an engineer for the New Almaden mine. The biography may be Susan's, but this is a story of a marriage-of opposites making a life together, of a lady determined to carve out a civilized life for herself and her children, of a mechanically brilliant and inherently trusting man who can't catch a break as they move from Leadville to Mexico to Boise. The thread of their story is told alternately by Susan's letters (directly based on the letters of Mary Hallock Foote, a well-known illustrator) and the history her grandson reads between the lines of those letters. Likening the trajectory of his grandparent's life to the angle of repose - the angle at which soil finally settles after being dumped from a mine as tailings - Lyman inevitably must face (or ignore) the similarity of their story to his own as he struggles with his failings and the failings of those he loves. Bookseller Inventory # 86472

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