Dear Marian, dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel correspondence

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University of Ottawa Press, Jan 1, 1995 - History - 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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Hugh MacLennan (1907-90) taught at McGill University from 1951 to 1981 and wrote novels and essays that helped define Canadian literature.

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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