Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) spent his early years on the high plains of Montana and Saskatchewan. He lived in Utah through high school and graduated from the University of Utah. He taught at Wisconsin and Harvard before settling down to a long career at Stanford University, where he founded a famous creative writing program.

In his illustrious career as a writer he specialized in the history and distinctive cultures of the west. His best known historical work is Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954) a biography of John Wesley Powell and his explorations of the Grand Canyon. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angle of Repose (1971) a semi-fictional biography told through the letters of a woman artist married to a mining engineer. Wolf Willow (1955) is autobiographical, about his early years in Eastend, Saskatchewan, which he describes as "the last plains frontier".

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