Stegner, Wallace, 1909–93, American writer, b. Lake Mills, Iowa, grad. Univ. of Utah (1930). He wrote perceptively of the American West in short stories, e.g., The Woman on the Wall (1950); novellas, e.g., On a Darkling Plain (1940); and novels, e.g., The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943), Angle of Repose (1971; Pulitzer Prize), and Crossing to Safety (1987). In addition, he wrote a number of biographies. Stegner was also a pioneering conservationist and an influential teacher of writing at Harvard and Stanford.
See biographies by J. J. Benson (1997) and P. L. Fradkin (2008); P. Stegner, ed., The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner (2008); studies by M. and L. Lewis (1972), A. Arthur, ed. (1982), C. Meine, ed. (1997), J. J. Benson (1998 and 2001), and P. L. Franklin (2008).