Memory Making: Selected Essays

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Black Moss Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 173 pages
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Rosemary Sullivan is the preeminent literary biographer in Canada, having won several major awards, including the Governor General's Award, for her work. She has written about Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Smart, Theodore Roethke and Gwendolyn MacEwan. But in addition to the books she has written, she has penned hundreds of essays, memoirs and travel pieces. This collection brings together the best of these pieces. In these 17 essays, Rosemary Sullivan focuses on Atwood's childhood, meeting the eccentric and enigmatic Elizabeth Smart and hooking up with the boisterous Canadian poet Al Purdy. She also writes about the life of a literary biographer, what it takes to put together an anthology, like in Cuba, human rights and feminist issues. The writing is held together by Rosemary Sullivan's own personal stamp and personality. At times, the work is lyrical, which reflects the author's poetic background. Other times, Sullivan plays the scholar, but she is never pedantic. The work is lively, insightful and illuminating.

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MemoryMaking and the Stamina of the Poet
Meeting in Mexico
The Radcliffe Years

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About the author (2001)

Born in Montreal, now residing in Toronto, Rosemary Sullivan is a poet, biographer, editor and critic. Sullivan received the Gerald Lampert Award for her first collection of poetry, as well as the Governor General?s award for Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen.

Born in Chile, Juan Opitz is a musician and sound recording engineer. Juan was the winner of the Latin American Achievement Award (Premio Somos) and Artist of the Year Award from the Canadian Hispanic Community in 2003.

Born in Montreal, Colleen Sullivan moved to California in 1992, where she maintains a studio and works primarily as a printmaker and painter. Her latest book, Metaphors in Movement, highlights her recent work from a large solo exhibition held in Mountain View, California in 2011.

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