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[Past Event] Reading Wallace Stegner II

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On June 1, 2020, Wallace Stegner finally made it to the front page of "The New York Times Book Review," "Wallace Stegner and the Conflicted Soul of the West" by A.O. Scott. This piece was the first in a series of articles on "underrated writers" who "show us who we are." This course will take up those ideas and more as we read two of his most important works: "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Crossing to Safety." After reading, we'll discuss Stegner's stature as a 20th century American writer; his importance as a western voice and environment activist; his portraits of gender; and, of course, his thematic heft.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Mondays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2 *10:00-11:30am* (5 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D., is a professor of English at San Jose State University and the former director of the National Steinbeck Center. She has published extensively on John Steinbeck.