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Earning the Pulitzer
Stegner’s nonfiction books The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail, Teaching the Short Story, and The Sound of Mountain Water, along with his two fictional pieces A Shooting Star and All the Little Live Things brought him another successful decade in the 1960s. These were followed up in 1971 by Angle of Repose, a book beautiful and vast and not without some controversy. A misunderstanding in regards to the use of the Mary Hallock Foote letters between Stegner and the family led to great dissonance. Regardless of the controversy, Angle of Repose won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize marking Stegner as a truly remarkable writer and introducing him to those who had been previously unfamiliar with his work.