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To a Young Writer
Dedication by Wendell Berry
Introduction by Lynn Stegner
Engravings by Barry Moser
Nature and Environment
“Your book is dramatized belief; and because in everyday life we make few contacts as intimate as this with another temperament and another mind, these scenes have an effect of cool shock—first almost embarrassment, then acknowledgement. Yes. I want to say. Yes, this is how it would be.”
—Excerpt from To a Young Writer
The award-winning Red Butte Press presents this exquisite limited edition. The 28-page book was printed on handmade cotton paper on Red Butte Press’s 1846 Columbian handpress and is bound in wood, cloth, and calfskin, and housed in a clamshell box. The book contains Stegner’s vivid essay “To a Young Writer,” as well an original dedication by Wendell Berry, a foreword by Lynn Stegner, and three original engravings by renowned artist Barry Moser. The print run is strictly limited to 125 sale copies, 15 copies hors commerce.
Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library is the primary repository for Wallace Stegner’s archives. In 1995, Red Butte Press created a fine press edition of Stegner’s Wilderness Letter. To a Young Writer continues the tradition of inspired connection between author and press, and celebrates Wallace Stegner’s legacy as a teacher, a writer, an environmentalist, and an extraordinary human being.
Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) was born near Lake Mills, Iowa, but eventually made his home in Salt Lake City, where he has been embraced as a native son. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West (1954), the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose (1971), and Clarence Edward Dutton: An Appraisal (University of Utah Press 2006).