A. J. Loftin on Wallace Stegner, whose fiction is "as wide open as a western sky."
WALLACE STEGNER AND THE AMERICAN WEST.
By Philip L. Fradkin.
Knopf. 369 pp. $27.50
We depend upon our fa-mous writers to drink too much, marry too often, backstab their rivals, and sleep with their students. Wallace Stegner (1909–93), despite a long life at the center of things, never did any of that. He taught conscientiously, published abundantly, and...