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We have been cut off, the past has been ended and the family has broken up and the present is adrift in its wheelchair. ... That is no gap between the generations, that is a gulf. The elements have changed, there are whole new orders of magnitude and kind. [...] My grandparents had to live their way out of one world and into another, or into several others, making new out of old the way corals live their reef upward. I am on my grandparents' side. I believe in Time, as they did, and in the life chronological rather than in the life existential. We live in time and through it, we build our huts in its ruins, or used to, and we cannot afford all these abandonings.

Wallace Stegner

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Page is married to Lynn Stegner a novelist. Stegner also won the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird in 1977.

Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18 1909 – April 13 1993) was an American historian novelist short story writer and environmentalist often called "The Dean of Western Writers". National Book Award in 1977. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.

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