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ISBN: 0140266747
Author: Wallace Stegner
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 288
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) was the author of, among other novels, All the Little Live Things (winner of a. .

Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) was the author of, among other novels, All the Little Live Things (winner of a Commonwealth Club Gold Medal), Angle of Repose (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and The Spectator Bird (winner of the National Book Award). His nonfiction includes The Sound of Mountain Water, The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto, and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West. Three of his short stories won O. Henry Prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements.

If you live west of Denver and haven't read Wallace Stegner, you're not living right

If you live west of Denver and haven't read Wallace Stegner, you're not living right.

Wallace Stegner, THE SOUND OF MOUNTAIN WATER. ABOUT THE SOUND OF MOUNTAIN WATER A book of timeless importance about the American West and a modern classic by National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wallace Stegner. The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches collected in The Sound of Mountain Water encompass memoir, nature conservation, history, geography, and literature. Compositions delve into the post-World War II boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West–from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada–into the modern age.

The Changing American West. Other works feature eloquent sketches of the West’s history and environment, directing our imagination to the sublime beauty of such places as Robbers Roost and Glen Canyon.

The Sound of Mountain Water. But it didn't stop him from exploring the American West. by Wallace Stegner · Lynn Stegner. In a literary career spanning more than fifty years, Wallace Stegner created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth-century America.

The Wallace Stegner Lecture has long been a literary-cultural highlight for the LCSC community. Teaching the Short Story (1966). The Sound of Mountain Water (1969). Wallace Stegner and the American West. Gessner, David (2015). The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto (1974). Writer in America (1982). Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature (1983). This Is Dinosaur: Echo Park Country and its Magic Rivers (1985). All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 978-0-393-08999-8.

A book of timeless importance about the American West by a National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author. The essays collected in this volume encompass memoir, nature conservation, history, geography, and literature

A book of timeless importance about the American West by a National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author. The essays collected in this volume encompass memoir, nature conservation, history, geography, and literature. Delving into the post-World War II boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West-from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada-into the modern age, Stegner's essays explore the essence of the American soul

The Changing American West. Books related to The Sound of Mountain Water. Delving into the post-World War II boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West-from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada-into the modern age, Stegner's essays explore the essence of the American soul. Writtten over a period of thirty-five years by a writer and thinker who will always hold a unique position in modern American letters, The Sound of Mountain Water is a modern American classic.

The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist. This collection is divided into two sections: the first features eloquent sketches of the West's history and environment, directing our imagination to the sublime beauty of such places as San Juan and Glen Canyon; the concluding section examines the state of Western literature, of the mythical past versus the diminished present, and analyzes the difficulties facing any contemporary Western writer. The Sound of Mountain Water is both a hymn to the Western landscape, an affirmation of the hope embodied therein, and a careful investigation of the West's cultural and natural legacy.

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Anicasalar
Stegner's series of short essays trap the essence of what it means to live and write in the West like lightning in a bottle. The "west" he lived in and wrote for was roughly the area west of the 100th meridian where dry-land farming is problematic to the western edge of the Great Basin. (California and Oregon didn't really count as "western" to Stegner; they were "west of the west," as in the title of Mark Arax' book which, as an aside, is well-worth reading.)

I own a hardbound edition of this book. The paperback was a gift for a friend and intended as a short-cut for writing him a "Wallace Stegner Writer's Workshop Reading List." Essentially all the works that Stegner used as reference material in his creative writing classes at Stanford appear in Mountain Water. But the book contexts those reference materials in the landscape of Western American writing in ways that make sense to me despite their mix-and-match of genres that both defies and defines truly "western" writers.
Bynelad
A perfect book to take camping. Sit by the water and read under a tree. The rhythm of the language will enhance your experience.
Akinozuru
Excellent service, excellent book.
Vetitc
Just received today and am only on Chapter 2. I like the author's descriptive passages about mountain water which I originally read on an interpretive sign in Banff, Aiberta on a recent vacation. Book arrived well-packaged except for some inexplicable boid black lines through the text on some pages.
Zaryagan
This book contains a series of essays about the American west spanning (generally) the post WWII years through the late 1960s.

Stegner's fiction and non-fiction are closely tied to the western U.S.and he is an excellent chronicler of multiple facets. The history, the terrain, the literatire, the fundamental physical aspects (beginning and ending with water) that separate the west from the rest of the country, and the character of the people who settle and thrive there all comprise Stenger's analysis of what the west means. As a midwestern (and later, mid Atlantic) kid, I was first exposed to the west during visits to Arizona when my grandparents retired there. This is the the west encompassing the latter years in this collection.

When I read his accounts of back-country primitive camping (and self-repair of vehicles that were not purpose-designed to go off-road...that definitely were driven off-road!), when I think about the growth of some parts of Arizona (especially Phoenix) and a time when air conditioning and franchise foods established have taken the edge off of western travel, I wonder what Stegner would think about the 21st century American west.

Whether you live in the west, travel to the west (or plan to do either), this is great reading about formative aspects of a magical part of the country.
Cointrius
I have been a Stegner fan for many, many years. I loved reading his novels. I lived in that west for many years, and my sensibilities are decidedly western. AsI have gotten older, though, I have become less patient with novels, and, finally pretty much quit reading them altogether in place of non-fiction, principally essays, memoirs, history, and ethnobotany. It was a real treat to have this collection of fine essays to immerse myself in, and that is what I did. (It made the holiday season a lot more bearable!).

The missing star? I did not much care for the final, lit-crit-y portion of the book. Stegner’s writing is, as it always is, very strong. But not strong enough to inspire me to finish the lit crit stuff....even when he is the writer.
I am the lone voice crying in the Wilderness here I guess. This was the first book by Stegner that I ever read (on advice from Edward Abbey) and I love this book. It is one of the finest books of essays I've read. I've read it several times and It doesn't grow stale.

I've lived most of my adult life in the mountain west, spending much time in the "woods" (climbing mountains, hiking, descending the rivers in kayaks, kayaking on the coast and inlets, skiing the mountains on X-country gear in winter), and I've read many books of essays, biographies, histories, and travel writing (broadly defined) and I own a large library of them. I would never let my library lack this book.

The essays in this book express Stegner's detailed knowledge of and love for the American West, especially the Colorado Plateau. His descriptions and expositions are, as always, wonderful. His writing is impeccable and also a joy to read.

If you prefer novels to non-fiction, you may prefer Stegner's novels. However, if you like non-fiction or are interested in the West or the Colorado Plateau, I think you will enjoy this book very much. (I don't own this edition; but rather an earlier paperback edition.) Enjoy.

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