Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yesterday was Wallace Stegner's centennial, 18 February 2009. There have been events and celebrations all over the West, where Stegner's footprints are to be found. Timothy Egan wrote a touching opinion piece in the online version of the NYT. The comments on Egan's column are mostly a loving, reverent homage to a great writer and good human. There were a few of the usual acrimonious remarks referencing the plagiarism issue surrounding Angle of Repose and “Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice,” by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Both of these views bear paying attention to and then moving on. Of interest is the sheer number of people lauding both his fiction and non-fiction and his influence in environmental legislation. Be sure to read One Way to Spell Man and One Nation; Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, Wolf Willow, and Mormon Country.