Dear Marian, Dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel Correspondence

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University of Ottawa Press, 1995 - Literary Collections - 134 pages
A student at McGill in the mid-1950s, Marian Engel wrote her M.A. thesis under the direction of Hugh MacLennan. Their work together became the basis of a correspondence, the MacLennan half of which survives and is detailed here. Both personal and professional in nature, MacLennan's letters to Engel provide fascinating insights into his life's pursuit of writing and offer another glimpse of the author of Two Solitudes.

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John Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on March 20, 1907. He was educated at Dalhousie University, Oxford University, and Princeton University. He taught English at Lower Canada College and McGill University. His first book, Barometer Rising, was published in 1941. His other works included Each Man's Son, Return of the Sphinx, Voices in Time, and The Other Side of Hugh MacLennan. He won the Governor General's Literary Award three times for fiction for Two Solitudes, The Precipice, and The Watch that Ends the Night and twice for nonfiction for Cross-Country and Thirty and Three. He also won a Royal Bank Award in 1984 and in 1987 he became the first Canadian to receive Princeton University's James Madison Medal. He died on November 7, 1990.

Born May 24, 1933 in Toronto, Canada, Marian Engel is a respected Canadian writer whose works range from children's books to adult nonfiction. She is best known, however, as a novelist. Her writings frequently center on exceptional women who are often complex, wrestling with crucial problems and variant roles. Her novel Bear won the 1976 Governor General's Award. Many consider it her best work. Lunatic Villas was co-winner of the City of Toronto Book Awards in 1982. Engel continues her career living in Toronto.

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