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American Places

ISBN-10: 0143039741

ISBN-13: 9780143039747

Edition: 60th 2006 (Anniversary)

Authors: Wallace Stegner, Page Stegner

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A collection of musings by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Wallace Stegner and his son, Page, American Placesreconciles the many images that embody Americans, America, and the land that made it all possible. BACKCOVER: This book is an attempt, by sampling, to say something about how the American people and the American land have interacted, how they have shaped one another; what patterns of life, with what chances of continuity, have arisen out of the confrontations between an unformed society and a virgin continent. Perhaps it is less a book about the American land than some ruminations about the making of America. . . . We are the unfinished product of a long becoming. from American Places The text by the Stegners is precise, to the point, packed with useful information and infused with that love for our land and its honest workers which is the highest form (perhaps the only form) of patriotism. Edward Abbey
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 60th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.