Celebrating Wallace Stegner’s Birthday
Today marks the 111th birthday of Wallace Stegner, one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Born in 1909 in Lake Mills, Iowa, Stegner went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist, as well as a professor of creative writing at Stanford University.
Stegner’s work often focused on the American West and its people, exploring themes of identity, community, and the environment. His novel Angle of Repose won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972, and his nonfiction works such as Beyond the Hundredth Meridian and Wolf Willow are considered classics of the genre.
Stegner was also a passionate conservationist, and his work helped shape the modern environmental movement. He was a founder of the Wilderness Society and served as a consultant to the Sierra Club. In 1980, he was awarded the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Wallace Stegner, an American writer whose work continues to inspire us.