The Women on the Wall

Wallace Stegner (Author)


Written during World War II and its immediate aftermath, the eighteen stories of The Women on the Wall move from women to war and back again, but it is the women who remain central. There are Alma, a war bride who runs a farm better than the neighbor men; Lucy, a former WAAF, working through college; Tamsen, who keeps her husband drunk so she can do as she pleases; and the women on the wall, who, with nothing to do but wait for their husbands to return from the war, find their private consolations. To these stories Wallace Stegner brings the same skill and thoughtfulness that won him the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird

Product Details

University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date
February 01, 1981
5.33 X 0.68 X 7.96 inches | 0.69 pounds
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About the Author

Wallace Stegner wrote thirty-five books over a sixty-year career. Among the novels are The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943), All The Little Live Things (Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, 1967), Angle of Repose (Pulitzer Prize, 1972), The Spectator Bird (National Book Award, 1977), and Crossing to Safety (1987.) His nonfiction includes Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954), Wolf Willow (A History, A Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier) (1962), The Sound of Mountain Water (1969), and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992), which earned him a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle award. In 1946 Stegner started the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where he served on the faculty until 1971. He was twice a Guggenheim Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Arts and Letters. He died at eighty-four, on April 13, 1993.


"This is a group of remarkably able stories, reflecting people as well as situations. Mr. Stegner is one of the top craftsmen among today's short story writers, and this volume, representative of his work over a ten-year period, is eminently worth your time."--San Francisco Chronicle--San Francisco Chronicle
"In his quiet way, Wallace Stegner is one of the most talented writers in our midst."--New York Herald Tribune--New York Herald Tribune
"Stegner has long been recognized as a master of the technique of the modern short story. This collection demonstrates his brilliant, incisive characterization as revealed by causal incident."--Library Journal--Library Journal