Algonquin Elegy: Tom Thomson's Last Spring

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iUniverse, 2005 - Art - 252 pages
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The mystery of Canada's artist Tom Thomson's drowning in Algonquin Park's Canoe Lake in 1917 have never before been so thoroughly been investigated, documented and reported to the public. Here is what Tom Thomson experts have to say about the book:

"Neil J. Lehto's Algonquin Elegy: Tom Thomson's Last Spring, is both a labor of love and a labor of gargantuan effort to come to some understanding, nine decades on, of exactly what happened that summer of 1917. Perhaps no one has ever worked as hard to know the unknowable and, in doing so, he has contributed invaluably to the greatest story in all of Canadian art. Neil's passion for Tom Thomson shines through as passionately on each page as Thomson's passion for Algonquin Park shines though on each painting he left behind that last Spring."
-Roy MacGregor, Columnist for The Globe & Mail in Toronto, writer of a novel based on the mystery of painter Tom Thomson's final days, Canoe Lake

"Neil Lehto's ambitious novel refers to Ontario's huge provincial park, Algonquin Park and to the death under mysterious circumstances, of one of Canada's greatest artists, Tom Thomson (1877-1917). Lehto intertwines his story with fact so that it has the tone of a memoir but he exuberantly adorns his account, painting in gaps with invented scenarios and developing bare-bones motifs into well-designed adventures. The result has rich color and offers a welcome respite from the dryness of art history."
-Joan Murray, Executive Director and CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario.
 

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Contents

Final Entry
1
Kristian Meets Howard Hancock
4
Kristians First Trip to Algonquin
9
Toms Drowning at Canoe Lake
20
Camping on Big Wapomeo Island
30
An Evening with Howard Hancock
34
Kristian Meets Mary Alice Gleason
41
Paddling the Oxtongue River
48
Little Falsehoods
96
Tom Thomsons Last Spring Paintings
105
Alice Elinor Lamberts Version
115
Kristian Attends His ExWifes Funeral
124
Tom and Winnifred
133
Howard Hancock Finds Another Thomson
145
Georges First Trip to Algonquin
154
Lucky Haskins Desperate Decision
169

Running Whitewater
51
Kristian and Tess Visit the Barron Canyon
54
Dixie Waterfords Bar
60
Toms Life Before 1917
66
Howard Hancock Returns a Rented Garden Tiller
71
Tom Meets Alice Elinor Lambert
73
Lucky Haskins Gets Drunk
81
Mark Robinsons Journal of Spring
86
Georges Second Trip to Algonquin
176
Canoe Lake July 8 1917
184
Oxtongue Rive Chase
191
Toms Last Painting
198
Kristian Says GoodBye to Howard Hancock
209
Website Links to Tom Thomson Paintings
215
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