• Écrivain majeur de l'Ouest américain, Wallace Stegner a grandi au début du XXe siècle dans la région des Prairies, au nord du Montana et du Dakota. Évoquant les trésors, les mirages et les gens de passage, l'auteur livre ici un témoignage sur un monde qui n'est plus. Mais un monde qui lui a appris à tendre l'oreille au bruit de l'eau des montagnes et à respecter des valeurs héroïques comme la grandeur d'âme et la dignité. Un monde qui a fourni la matière essentielle à son oeuvre et à son engagement politique pour la préservation d'une nature vierge.

    Mêlant récits autobiographiques et réflexions sur l'environnement, Lettres pour le monde sauvage donne à voir la complexité de la vie dans l'Ouest, la beauté immaculée de ses paysages et les hommes qui ont fait l'Amérique d'aujourd'hui.

  • Ross et Margaret roulent sans but précis dans les collines du Vermont que l'automne pare d'une beauté enveloppante. Grisés par cette journée parfaite, ils s'engagent sur un chemin peu passant, qui ne semble plus mener nulle part. Cette campagne ancienne paraît abandonnée de tous. Et pourtant, d'une vieille ferme surgissent une femme, puis sa fille, étrange créature qui entraîne Margaret vers un verger magnifique empli de pommes sauvages.
    Telle une invitation à un voyage au fil de la mémoire, cinq nouvelles choisies par l'auteur composent ce recueil évocateur.

  • Margaret Stuart, fière épouse d'Alec, un fermier aisé de l'Iowa, est heureuse en ménage lorsque sa soeur Elspeth arrive d'Écosse pour venir vivre avec eux. Mais alors que l'automne s'annonce et que l'amitié entre Elspeth et Alec s'approfondit, une série d'événements vient mettre Margaret à rude épreuve. Les émotions trop longtemps contenues, les sentiments qui s'abîment, les relations qui évoluent imperceptiblement commencent à ronger son équilibre et ses certitudes. Le triangle amoureux qui s'est formé entre Alec et les deux soeurs devient un piège dramatique lorsque survient l'irréparable. Il faudra alors sauver ce qui peut l'être.

  • En lieu sûr

    Wallace Stegner

    Deux couples d'enseignants à l'âge de la retraite, amis de longue date, passent leurs vacances dans une maison isolée en pleine forêt. Les uns étaient modestes, les autres mondains, mais l'amour de la littérature, le partage des bonheurs et des épreuves de l'existence ont forgé entre eux un lien aussi indissoluble que nécessaire. Au fil des retours sur le passé, Stegner évoque avec force et émotion le flot de la vie et la puissance du souvenir, tandis que s'invite la promesse de la mort.

    En lieu sûr est le dernier roman de Wallace Stegner, figure incontournable de la littérature américaine, dont l'oeuvre maintes fois couronnée (Prix Pulitzer, National Book Award) continue d'influencer d'innombrables héritiers.

  • La vie obstinée

    Wallace Stegner

    Pour certains, la hie obstinée est bien le chef-d'oeuvre de wallace stegner : dans un climat proche de celui que connaissent déjà les lecteurs de toue cavalière.

    Oú l'on retrouve joe allston et sa femme, mais quelques années plus tôt, presque jeunes encore. installés dans leur maison en pleine nature; non loin de san francisco. ils sont venus là finir calmement leur vie (enfin, pas si calmement que ça), et constatent bientôt que le vieil ouest n'est plus qu'un rêve. et que les rêves eux-mêmes finissent par mourir.

  • Vue cavalière

    Wallace Stegner

    • Libretto
    • 14 January 2011

    Chagrin, mécontent de sa vie, de son pays, de sa civilisation, de son métier, de lui-même. Il s'est toujours cherché dans des endroits où il n'a jamais été. » Cet homme, alors qu'arrivent les premiers maux de l'âge, retrouve un carnet intime qui parle d'un certain voyage entrepris des années plus tôt au Danemark ; un voyage qui le fit rencontrer une femme, aristocrate de la parentèle de Karen Blixen, étrange et désargentée, belle, séduisante, connue et pour-tant totalement seule. Peut-on, le temps une fois passé, revoir avec des yeux totalement neufs une vie que l'on croyait connaître ? Que disent ces mots retrouvés sur l'homme qu'il pensait avoir été ?...
    « Un chef-d'oeuvre ! » Michel Polac

  • Un vieil historien ronchon, unijambiste et condamné au fauteuil roulant, plaqué au surplus par sa douce, s'occupe à trier des archives de famille pour tenter de conjurer comme il peut la mort qui guette au prochain tournant - ou à celui d'après si l'on veut rester optimiste.
    C'est ainsi qu'il va tomber sur des lettres laissées par sa grand-mère, une jeune femme des années 1860 qui parcourt l'ouest sauvage à la suite de son prospecteur de mari - et dont la vie, passée au milieu de paysages grandioses, ne sera qu'une suite (plutôt mouvementée) de dégringolades et de désillusions. publié en 1971, couronné par le prix pulitzer, angle d'équilibre a été rangé par le new york times dans sa sélection des " 100 meilleurs romans du siècle ".

  • Ambassadeur à la retraite installé à San Francisco, Bruce Mason n'a plus grand chose en commun avec le garçon frêle et révolté parti quarante- cinq ans auparavant de Salt Lake City avec la ferme intention de tirer un trait définitif sur son histoire familiale mouvementée. Mais le voici de retour dans la ville de sa jeunesse pour organiser l'enterrement de sa tante. Au fil de ses déambulations dans les rues familières, ses souvenirs l'entraînent dans un voyage sinueux au coeur de son passé qui l'oblige à renouer avec celui qu'il a été.

    Après La Montagne en sucre, vaste fresque d'inspiration autobiographique, Wallace Stegner redonne vie à son alter ego de papier, Bruce Mason, dans un roman profond et poétique jusqu'à présent inédit en français.

  • Biographical noteWallace Stegner was the author of, among other works of fiction, Remembering Laughter (1973); The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943); Joe Hill (1950); All the Little Live Things (1967, Commonwealth Club Gold Medal); A Shooting Star (1961); Angle of Repose (1971, Pulitzer Prize); Recapitulation (1979); Crossing to Safety (1987); and Collected Stories (1990). His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954); Wolf Willow (1963); The Sound of Mountain Water (essays, 1969); The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard deVoto (1964); American Places (with Page Stegner, 1981); and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three short stories have won O.Henry prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements. Main descriptionLiterary agent Joe Allston, the central character of Stegner's novel All the Little Live Things, is now retired and, in his own words, 'just killing time until time gets around to killing me.' His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. A postcard from an old friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he and his wife had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace, where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.Wallace Stegner was the author of, among other works of fiction, Remembering Laughter (1973); The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943); Joe Hill (1950); All the Little Live Things (1967, Commonwealth Club Gold Medal); A Shooting Star (1961); Angle of Repose (1971, Pulitzer Prize); Recapitulation (1979); Crossing to Safety (1987); and Collected Stories (1990). His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954); Wolf Willow (1963); The Sound of Mountain Water (essays, 1969); The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard deVoto (1964); American Places (with Page Stegner, 1981); and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three short stories have won O.Henry prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements.

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  • In Recapitulation, by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner, the protagonist of his classic novel Big Rock Candy Mountain returns reluctantly to the Salt Lake City of his birth for the funeral of an aunt--the last link to his family’s history, and his own. Now in his sixties, even after a successful diplomatic career among other achievements that he knows derived from his early life in this place, Bruce Mason cannot help but reflect on the childhood misery caused by those same events. Intimate, reflective, even meditative, Recapitulation gives us what we are seldom offered, a chance to reconnect with a beloved character, to see who he became, and the opportunity to understand his earlier incarnation through his own eyes.

  • Blending fact with fiction in this masterful historical novel, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner retells the story of Joe Hill--the Wobbly bard who became the stuff of legend when, in 1915, he was executed for the alleged murder of a Salt Lake City businessman. Organizer, agitator, "Labor's Songster"--a rebel from the skin inwards, with an absolute faith in the One Big Union--Joe Hill fought tirelessly in the frequently violent battles between organized labor and industry. But though songs and stories still vaunt him, and his legend continues to inspire those who feel the injustices he fought against, Joe Hill may not have been a saintly crusader and may have been motivated by impulses darker than the search for justice.
    Joe Hill is a full-bodied portrait of both the man and the myth: from his entrance into the short-lived Industrial Workers of the World union, the most militant organization in the history of American labor, to his trial, imprisonment, and final martyrdom. His famous last words: "Don't waste time mourning. Organize."

  • A book of timeless importance about the American West by a National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author. The essays collected in this volume encompass memoir, nature conservation, history, geography, and literature. Delving into the post-World War II boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West--from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada--into the modern age, Stegner's essays explore the essence of the American soul.
    Writtten over a period of thirty-five years by a writer and thinker who will always hold a unique position in modern American letters, The Sound of Mountain Water is a modern American classic.

  • Bernard DeVoto was a wild intellectual from the Rocky Mountains, a rebel, iconoclast, and idealist who fled his stifling small town for the intellectual freedom and community of Harvard. While he settled eastward in his career as a novelist, professor, editor, historian, and critic, he continued to love, to a point of passion, western openness, freedom, and society.
    National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author and fellow westerner Wallace Stegner's life intersected with Devoto's many times, first by accident and later by friendship and example. They were kindred spirits, both westerners by birth, upbringing, and demeanor, novelists by vocation, teachers by necessity, and historians and conservationists by a sheer compulsion inspired by the region that shaped them.

  • Literary agent Joe Allston, the central character of Stegner's novel All the Little Live Things, is now retired and, in his own words, 'just killing time until time gets around to killing me.' His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. A postcard from an old friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he and his wife had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace, where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.

    Wallace Stegner was the author of, among other works of fiction, Remembering Laughter (1973); The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943); Joe Hill (1950); All the Little Live Things (1967, Commonwealth Club Gold Medal); A Shooting Star (1961); Angle of Repose (1971, Pulitzer Prize); Recapitulation (1979); Crossing to Safety (1987); and Collected Stories (1990). His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954); Wolf Willow (1963); The Sound of Mountain Water (essays, 1969); The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard deVoto (1964); American Places (with Page Stegner, 1981); and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three short stories have won O.Henry prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements.

  • 'This is the age for the short story. None will be better or more worthy of admiration than Wallace Stegner's Collected Stories' Washington Post Book World In a literary career spanning more than fifty years, Wallace Stegner, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth-century America. These thirty-one stories demonstrate why he is acclaimed as one of America's master storytellers. Here are tales of young love and older wisdom, of the order and consistency of the natural world and the chaos, contradictions and continuities of the human being.

    'Exemplary stories ... The reader of Stegner's writing is immediately reminded of an essential America ... a distinct place, a unique people, a common history, and a shared heritage remembered as only Stegner can' Los Angeles Times

  • 'Timely and timeless ... Will hold any reader to its last haunting page' Chicago Tribune The early life of Joe Allston, the retired literary agent of Stegner's National Book Award-winning novel, The Spectator Bird, features in this disquieting and keenly observed novel. Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga and sex; and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherworldly innocence is far more appealing - and far more dangerous.

    'The Great Gatsby captures the twenties and yet transcends them. All the Little Live Things is a comparable achievement for the sixties ... Stegner's craft is here at an apex' Virginia Quarterly Review

  • 'Enchanting, heartrending and eminently enviable' Vladimir Nabokov Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner's boyhood was spent on the beautiful and remote frontier of the Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where his family homesteaded fro 1914 to 1920. In a recollection of his years there, Stegner applies childhood remembrances and adult reflection to the history of the region to create this wise and enduring portrait of pioneer community existing in the verge of a modern world.

    'Stegner has summarized the frontier story and interpreted it as only one who was part of it could' The New York Times Book Review

  • 'One of our greatest contemporary novelists' Washington Post Bruce Mason returns to Salt Lake City not for his aunt's funeral, but to encounter the place he fled in bitterness forty-five years ago. A successful statesman and diplomat, Mason had buried his awkward childhood to become a figure who commanded international respect. But the realities of the present recede in the face of ghosts of his past. As he makes the perfunctory arrangements for the funeral, his inner pilgrimage leads him to the father who darkened his childhood, the mother whose support was both redeeming and embarrassing, the friend who drew him into the respectable world of which he so craved to be a part, and the woman he nearly married.

    In this profoundly moving book, Stegner has drawn an intimate portrait of a man understanding how his life has been shaped by experiences seemingly remote and inconsequential.

  • Sabrina Castro, an attractive woman with a strong New England heritage, is married to a wealthy, older California physician who no longer fulfils her dreams. An almost accidental misstep leads her down the slow descent of moral disintegration, until there is no place for her to go but up and out. How Sabrina comes to term with her life is the theme of this absorbing personal drama, played out against the background of an old Peninsula estate where her mother lives among her servants, her memories of Boston and her treasured family archives. A Shooting star displays all the greatness of Wallace Stegner's storytelling powers.

    Wallace Stegner was the author of, among other works of fiction, Remembering Laughter (1973); The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943); Joe Hill (1950); All the Little Live Things (1967, Commonwealth Club Gold Medal); Angle of Repose (1971, Pulitzer Prize); The Spectator Bird (1976, National Book Award); Recapitulation (1979); Crossing to Safety (1987); and Collected Stories (1990). His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954); Wolf Willow (1963); The Sound of Mountain Water (essays, 1969); The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard deVoto (1964); American Places (with Page Stegner, 1981); and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three short stories have won O.Henry prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements.

  • Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune - in the hotel business, in new farmland and eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    In this affecting narrative, Wallace Stegner portrays more than thirty years in the life of the Mason family as they struggle to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.

    Wallace Stegner was the author of, among other works of fiction, Remembering Laughter (1973); Joe Hill (1950); All the Little Live Things (1967, Commonwealth Club Gold Medal); A Shooting Star (1961); Angle of Repose (1971, Pulitzer Prize); The Spectator Bird (1976, National Book Award); Recapitulation (1979); Crossing to Safety (1987); and Collected Stories (1990). His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954); Wolf Willow (1963); The Sound of Mountain Water (essays, 1969); The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard deVoto (1964); American Places (with Page Stegner, 1981); and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three short stories have won O.Henry prizes, and in 1980 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievements.

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