The Dumping Ground In Wallace Stegner's Wolf Willow

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The Dumping Ground is an excerpt from Wallace Stegner’s memoir Wolf Willow. In it, he reminiscences about the the joys of treasure-hunting in the town dump, in Whitemud, Saskatchewan. He describes in great detail the town dump. His meticulous illustrations corroborate his observation that the dump had more “poetry and excitement in it than people did.” As Stegner takes the reader through the Whitemud dump he gives us a glimpse of his past. He shares his childhood memories while giving the reader an overall impression of the town history based on what has been thrown away. In his voyage through the Whitemund dump he glimpses his own mortality when he finds several volumes from a set of Shakespeare books that his father purchased before
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