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Alden Nowlan: Essays on His Works
Guernica Editions, Fall 2006
144 pages
Mass Market
ISBN13: 9781550712544
ISBN10: 1550712543
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Alden Nowlan, born near Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1933, was a poet, journalist, novelist, and playwright who overcame the disadvantages of poverty and a mere four grades of education, to publish more than twenty books and three plays in his fifty years. His writing earned him two honorary degrees, a Guggeheim fellowship and Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1968. That same year he was appointed writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, a position he held until his death in 1983. This book examines Nowlan's bravery in accepting the limitations of his class and his art, as well as the myopia of the critical milieu in which his work was measured. Here is a glimpse of his K├╝nstlerroman - the elements of his art and his humanity, which sees his reputation steadily developing internationally. Robert Bly says, "Alden Nowlan is the greatest Canadian poet of the twentieth century." Contributors include Geoffrey Cook, John Metcalfe, Paul Milton, Thomas R. Smith, David Adams Richards and Gregory M. Cook.

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Alden Nowlan: Essays on His Works