The Spectator Bird

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); ...

The Spectator Bird

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.

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The Spectator Bird
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Wallace Stegner
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-04 - Publisher: Penguin UK

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
The Spectator Bird
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Wallace Earle Stegner
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992-01-01 - Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Incorporated

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Spectator Bird 11-Copy
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Wallace Earle Stegner
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1990-11-01 - Publisher:

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All the Little Live Things
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Wallace Stegner
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-02 - Publisher: Penguin UK

'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
A Literary History of the American West
Language: en
Pages: 1353
Authors: Western Literature Association (U.S.), Western Literature Association Staff
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1987 - Publisher: TCU Press

Literary histories, of course, do not have a reason for being unless there exists the literature itself. This volume, perhaps more than others of its kind, is an expression of appreciation for the talented and dedicated literary artists who ignored the odds, avoided temptations to write for popularity or prestige,