"Clear-eyed . . . skillful . . . Reveals a canny, forthright, major figure in 20th century American letters."
–Peter Richardson, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"An ideal match between biographer and subject . . . You get the whole man . . . A true original as a person, as a writer and as a critic."
–Martin Rubin, San Francisco Chronicle
"[An] astute biography . . . Stegner may have been our last frontier writer."
—The New Yorker
"Fradkin is able to push past the plaudits and get closer to the man."
–Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
"Remarkable . . . The complexity of this important figure is finally captured . . . Fradkin brings a novelist’s eye to this well-told life story."
–John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A rich biography full of personal and professional detail"
–Gaylord Dold, The Wichita Eagle
"An excellent guide to Stegner’s long, illustrious and varied careers."
–Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times
"A solid and informative study of the roots and the course of a literary life."
–Billy Wisse, New York Post
"Fradkin has given us our first full critical portrait of the man and his protean career. You can’t finish this engaging biography without thinking, West or east, north or south, they don’t make ’em like that anymore."–Men’s Vogue
"Fradkin’s book provides the comprehensive story of Stegner’s achievements with inclusiveness and grace."–Rex Burns, Rocky Mountain News
"Insightful . . . A deep description of Stegner’s literary life."
—Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Dynamic . . . Probing . . . [Fradkin] brilliantly combines literary and environmental history. A fresh and telling perspective on the rampant development of the arid West, and Stegner’s prophetic warnings of the complex consequences."
"An engaging, holistic recounting of a rich, rough-and-tumble literary life, anchored in the rugged Western terrain, a fast-vanishing wilderness that Stegner would say we must preserve for our very sanity."
"Philip Fradkin has written what very well may be the definitive biography of Stegner. Because Stegner was blessed with the gift of beautiful writing, it is only fair that his biography be equally well-written."
–Dennis Lythgoe, Deseret Morning News
"Fradkin and Stegner share a talent for prose that can illuminate their beloved landscape and its people . . . Fradkin tells Stegner’s life story . . . With a journalist’s shrewdness and a novelist’s sensitivity."
–Nicholas Nauman, Flavorpill