By Charles E. (Ed.) Rankin
The writings of Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) make him a significant determine in Western American literature. those essays by way of a few of the major commentators writing at the West at the present time represent the first test considering his loss of life to evaluate the variety of Stegner's contributions to American highbrow existence. The essayists interact his novels, brief tales, memoirs, and biographies; the intersection among Stegner's fiction and heritage; and his position as an environmental essayist. those interpretive items are preceded through extra own debts via his son web page Stegner, former scholars James R. Hepworth and Wendell Berry, and writers William Kittredge and Ivan Doig. They identifiy numerous subject matters that pervade Stegner's existence and work—a look for continuity among prior and current, wish and optimism concerning the destiny, and an try to foster for the West, as Stegner positioned it, "a society to check its scenery."
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It was the first major symposium. in tribute to Stegner and it made sense to hold it in Montana because Stegner grew up close to the Montana-Saskatchewan borderin Saskatchewan to be sure, but he was always thinking of Montana. Later, he not only dreamed of Sears and Roebuck and Great Falls' shopping sprees he actually moved to Great Falls and had his life enlarged, as he put it, by shining hardwood floors, flush toilets, Boy Scouts, and Miss Temby. There were meandering hikes as well to Black Eagle Falls and up the Missouri to the Third Island with its acrid cottonwood smells.
Now we, too, in growing numbers, can see agency and grace around us, within our own experiences, our own orbits that traverse this remarkable landscape. This is so because of Wallace Stegner. This was his gift to us, a landscape of hope. And as all gifts containing hope as well as responsibility, it was a combination we wanted to honor. Page 3 INTRODUCTION Charles E. Rankin When Richard Etulain and Wallace Stegner collaborated to do a new round of interviews in 1989 for a revised edition of Conversations with Wallace Stegner, they allowed an excerpt of the interview to appear in Montana The Magazine of Western History.
Listen . . I gave my heart to the mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my face and watched it thunder into foam, smooth to green glass over sunken rocks, shatter to foam again. I was fascinated by how it sped by and yet was always there; its roar shook both the earth and me. . By such a river it is impossible to believe that one will ever be tired or old. Every sense applauds it. Taste it, feel its chill on the teeth: it is purity absolute. (From The Sound of Mountain Water, p.
Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer by Charles E. (Ed.) Rankin