Video: Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)

National Association of Scholars

When we look back on our lives, will we find ourselves "settled" or will we still be striving for success or subsistence? In Wallace Stegner's 1971 novel, Angle of Repose, an armchair historian attempts to write a biography of his grandparents on the American frontier and by doing so, reflect on his own life.

What makes Angle of Repose a "great American novel?" What does Stegner's writing tell us about the nature of place and the importance of understanding one's history? In what ways is Angle of Repose relevant for readers today?

View the recording of our June 1 webinar to find out.

This event featured Matthew Stewart, Humanities Teacher at The Ambrose School and author of The Most Beautiful Place on Earth: Wallace Stegner in CaliforniaJenn Ladino, Professor of English at the University of Idaho; and Richard Etulain, Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. The event was moderated by David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars.


Photo by jean wimmerlin on Unsplash

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