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Sheila Watson: Essays on Her Works
Joseph Pivato (Editor)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2015
246 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718942
ISBN10: 1550718940
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Sheila Watson published the iconic novel, The Double Hook, in 1959 and influenced the writing styles of many Canadian authors who followed her, including: Robert Kroetsch, Michael Ondaatje, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt and others. This is the first collection of essays devoted to all of Watson's writing as well as her work as editor and mentor. The collection examines not only The Double Hook but also the first novel she wrote, Deep Hollow Creek (published in 1992), her short stories and the McLuhan connection. The contributors include: Caterina Edwards, E.D. Blodgett, Mary G. Hamilton, George Melnyk, Margaret Morriss, Margot Northey, Glenn Willmott, and Sergiy Yakovenko. The collection also features material from Sheila Watson herself, including her notes on “How to read Ulysses.” Joseph Pivato is editor and contributor. The cover photo is by Rowland McMaster from 1976.
Sheila Watson, like the modernist writers she read and taught, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, believed that the text should stand on its own without the biographical information or personal intentions of the author influencing the reading.

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