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George R. Stewart

(1895—1980)


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(1895–1980),

a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley (1923–62). His nonfiction includes Bret Harte (1931); Ordeal by Hunger (1936), about the Donner Party; John Phoenix, Esquire (1937), a life of George H. Derby; Names on the Land (1945, extended 1957), a historical account of placenaming in the U.S.; U.S. 40 (1953), pictures and text on the transcontinental highway; American Ways of Life (1954); N.A. 1 (2 vols., 1956), about the highway from Alaska to Costa Rica; Pickett's Charge (1959), a vivid history of the final attack at Gettysburg; and The California Trail (1962), a study of the main overland route to California in the 1840s and '50s. Stewart's novels are East of the Giants (1938), set in pre-gold-rush California; Doctor's Oral (1939), about a Ph.D. examination; Storm (1941), whose main “character” is a low-pressure area that occasions dramatic events as it bursts over California and sweeps the continent; Fire (1948), a similar treatment of a forest fire; Man: An Autobiography (1946), the story of mankind; Earth Abides (1949), about life after a disaster has killed all but a few people; Sheep Rock (1951), the ages-long history of a Nevada site; and The Years of the City (1955), the life cycle of a Greek city.

Subjects: Literature.


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