A likely story: the writing life

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Red Deer College Press, Dec 12, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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A Likely Story recounts the writing life of Robert Kroetsch, one of Canada's foremost writers and literary theorists. With incisive wit, humor and penetrating insight, Robert Kroetsch follows the events of his life, both real and literary, that have moved him from the bareness of desk and computer into the secret places at the heart of the writing experience. Throughout this chronicle, he toys ironically with the notion that he ceases to be himself when he writes, that writing allows him to escape from the confines of self into exciting varieties of the essay, story and poem.A Likely Story records in loving detail that escape. It is a remarkable assemblage of confessional personal essays, one of the principal elegiac poems of out time, a cowboy poem and speculative pieces that defy literary classification. Through them all Robert Kroetsch enters the landscape of recollection, discovery, delight, self-deception, play, grief and revelation, and through them all he insists with customary boldness: "I am attempting to write an autobiography in which I do not appear."

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Contents

Found When He Got There
13
Wanted to Write a Manifesto
41
The Cow in the Quicksand and
65
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Robert Kroetsch taught literature and creative writing at the State University of New York and the University of Manitoba.