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Margaret Laurence - Al Purdy, A Friendship in Letters: Selected Correspondence

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 17th 1994 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1993)
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This book is great. Purdy and Laurence - great writers each in their own right - apparently had an affectionate friendship passed down to us in letters. They share their issues with writing - Laurence's in particular I found heartening - and their thoughts on the contemporary scene.

These letters just made the whole world of Canadian literature from the 60's to the 80's so alive for me. Writers in residence, readings, Canada Council grants, the scuttlebutt of writers talking about other writers.
Nov 28, 2007 Carolina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writers and/or wannabes
Al Purdy makes me laugh (guffaw, really) unrestrainedly and I wish he were my uncle. Margaret Laurence, on the other hand, makes me feel that it's normal to go through bouts of serious doubt that you'll ever write another word and certainty that everything you've written to date sucks. In fact, if you can read her side of the correspondence, her take on certain aspects of the literary life (fleeting elation, niggling fear, lurking despair) and come out with your own literary aspirations intact, ...more
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