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Synopsis: Wallace Stegner weaves together fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood. Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where Stegner's family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Wolf Willow brings to life both the pioneer community and the magnificent landscape that surrounds it.
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About the Author: Wallace Stegner was born in 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he traveled with his parents and brother all over the West-to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, and Wyoming-before settling in Salt Lake City in 1921. Many of the landscapes he encountered in his peripatetic youth figure largely in his work, as do characters based on his stern father and athletic, outgoing brother. Stegner received most of his education in Utah, graduating from the University in 1930. He furthered his education at the University of Iowa, where he received a master's and a doctoral degree. He married Mary Stuart Page in 1934, and for the next decade the couple followed Wallace's teaching career-to the University of Wisconsin, Harvard, and eventually to Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program, and where he was to remain until his retirement in 1971. A number of his creative writing students have become some of today's most well respected writers, including Wendell Berry, Thomas McGuane, Raymond Carver, Edward Abbey, Robert Stone, and Larry McMurty.
Throughout his career and after, Stegner's literary output was tremendous. His first novel, Remembering Laughter, was published in 1937. By the time of his death in 1993 he had published some two dozen works of fiction, history, biography, and essays. Among his many literary prizes are the Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971) and the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird (1976). His collection of essays, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs (1992), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award.
Although his fiction deals with many universal themes, Stegner is primarily recognized as a writer of the American West. Much of his literature deals with debunking myths of the West as a romantic country of heroes on horseback, and his passion for the terrain and its inhabitants have earned him the title 'The Dean of Western Letters'. He was one of the few true Men of Letters in this generation. An historian, essayist, short story writer and novelist, as well as a leading environmental writer. Although always connected in people's minds with the West, he had a long association with New England. Many short stories and one of his most successful novels, Crossing to Safety, are set in Vermont, where he had a summer home for many years. Another novel, The Spectator Bird, takes place in Denmark.
An early environmentalist, he actively championed the region's preservation and was instrumental-with his now-famous 'Wilderness Letter'-in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Honest and straightforward, educated yet unpretentious, cantankerous yet compassionate, Wallace Stegner was an enormous presence in the American literary landscape, a man who wrote and lived with ferocity, energy, and integrity.
Page Stegner is a Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Title: Wolf Willow
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Good
Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: VG-. First Edition. Not ex-lib. Hardcover in brown cloth, no jacket, 8vo. 1st edition (publication indication). 307pp. Map (with apparent error indicating Manitoba) repeated on endpapers. VG- to VG. Light rubbing to cloth overall with faint sunning below upper edges and on spine. Titles dulled but all clearly legible. Mild spine slant/cocking, somewht stronger toward lower end, with no effect on strong binding; pages clean and unmarked save for prev. owner's name in small hand upper corner ffep. Light shelving soil upper page edges. Seller Inventory # 029091
Book Description The Viking Press, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P02067077734X
Book Description The Viking Press 1962-10-15, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. 067077734X In a Good jacket, clean and unmarked text. Name or Gift Inscription Inside Book. Seller Inventory # DECEMBER-14-THRIFT-58909-JM
Book Description The Viking Press, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 067077734X
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Book Description The Viking Press, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11067077734X
Book Description The Viking Press, 1962. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. New York: The Viking Press, Inc., 1962. First printing of Stegner's autobiographical recollections of his boyhood in southern Saskatchewan, where his family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920. A VG+ copy in brown cloth with tight spine and mapped endpapers; interior is clean and bright with no internal markings other than a gift inscription. Mylar-protected DJ has some shelf wear and chipping, including one ½" chip at the top of the spine; DJ is not price-clipped but the $5.95 price is crossed out in pen. LAID IN is a typed and signed postcard from Stegner to poet Ernest Kroll. It is not clear that the postcard has any association with the book. Book. Seller Inventory # 54-C6YG-TK4R