Title Profile & Character Information

Angle of Repose

Annotation
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.


Awards
1972  Pulitzer Prize


Author Notes
  Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was the author of, among other novels, Remembering Laughter, 1937; 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); The Spectator Bird, 1976 (National Book Award, 1977); Recapitulation, 1979; and Crossing to Safety, 1987. 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, 1974; and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). Three of his 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. His Collected Stories was published in 1990.
Characters
NameWard, Lyman
GenderMale
OccupationProfessor
TraitsDivorced
Father
Retired
Disabled
Cancer patient
Cancer victim
Wheelchair-bound

NameWard, Susan Burling
GenderFemale
OccupationsWriter
 Artist
TraitsMarried
Grandmother

NameWard, Oliver
GenderMale
OccupationsEngineer
 Miner
TraitsMarried
Grandfather

GenreHistorical
Literary
Domestic
Fiction
TopicsFamily histories
Husbands and wives
Man-woman relationships
Western expansion
Pioneer life
Mining
Frontier life
Fortitude
Faith
Hardship
Friendship
Loyalty
Betrayal
Death of a child
Forgiveness
Reconciliation
SettingCalifornia
Colorado