Lecture, Partner Event     Series: History Pub

About Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond Street
Bend, Oregon 97703
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Event Type: Lecture, Partner EventAudience(s): Family-friendlyLocation: Bend

Wallace Stegner (1908-1993) often gained praise as a superlative western author and thinker, as a Wise Man of the American West.  More than once, the New York Times referred to Stegner as the Dean of western writers.  He won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his fiction and wide attention for his biographies and histories.  Environmentalists usually name him among the leading western spokespersons on conservation/ecology.  What was it about this modest son of a frontier ne’er-do-well that attracted readers throughout the country?  What led so many observers to think of him as our Western Wise Man?  Should his controversial research for his classic novel Angle of Repose (1971) call into question his larger roles as novelist, historian, and environmental advocate?  This slide-illustrated presentation will deal with Stegner’s major contributions and will raise probing questions about his career as westerner, public intellectual, and wilderness defender.

About the Speaker

Richard W. Etulain, a specialist in the history and literature of the American West, is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico.  The son of a Basque sheepman and frontier mother, he was raised on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington and took his doctorate at the University of Oregon. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West (1996), The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane (2014), Ernest Haycox and the Western (2014), and most recently Presidents Who Shaped the American West (2018).  He is presently completing a two-volume study of Billy the Kid, which should be published in 2019.

About History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by McMenamins History, Deschutes Historical Museum, and The Oregon Encyclopedia, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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