An aesthetic underground: a literary memoir

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Thomas Allen Publishers, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 291 pages
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In this much-anticipated memoir, Metcalf takes us on a personal journey through his life and those influences that inform his own literary aesthetic. Here is a fascinating story peopled with the likes of Alice Munro, Norman Levine, Ernest Hemingway, John Newlove, Hugh Hood, Keath Fraser, Irving Layton, Mavis Gallant, and many other literary luminaries. By turns humorous and iconoclastic and brimming with intelligence and brio, this highly readable memoir provides much-needed perspective on the art of editing, literary values, and the current state of Canadian literary publishing.

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Contents

A Vignette i
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Alma Mater
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A Terrifying Legacy
43
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Canadian writer and editor, John Metcalf was born in Carlisle, England on November 12, 1938. He attended the University of Bristol and moved to Canada in 1962. In addition to writing on his own, he is the Senior Editor of the Porcupine's Quill of Erin, Ontario and editor of Canadian Notes and Queries. Some of his works include The Lady Who Sold Furniture, Adult Entertainment, Kicking Against the Pricks, and Acts of Kindness and of Love. His memoir An Aesthetic Underground was published in 2003. He has won the Canadian Fiction Magazine's Contributor's Prize and the Periodical Distributor's Association Prize. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.