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This biographical film portrait of the acclaimed writer, conservationist and teacher, celebrates the 2009 centennial of his birth. Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

Stegner, who became one of America’s most notable writers with books like the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose and Beyond the Hundredth Meridian , mentored a generation’s great writers, including Ken Kesey, Edward Abbey and Larry McMurtry. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor also was a student.


Wallace Stegner in his writing studio

Stegner’s "The Wilderness Letter" became the conscience of the conservation movement. This one-hour documentary paints a portrait of the West that Stegner so loved and reveals insights into his life through interviews with his famous students, contemporaries and family

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