The Collected Poems of Al Purdy
By (author) Al Purdy
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Beyond Remembering by Al Purdy
Book DescriptionBy the time Al Purdy succumbed to lung cancer at his waterfront home in Sidney BC on 21 April 2000, he was universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest writers Canada has produced. In five decades as a published author he had produced over forty books and received innumerable distinctions, including two Governor General's Awards and the Order of Canada. A hands-on writer who delighted in co-producing speciality publications and small press titles in addition to his major collections with leading publishers, Purdy left a massive and diverse body of work, much of it long unavailable to the public. The Collected Poems, edited by Purdy critic Sam Solecki with the full participation of the author, for the first time brings all of Purdy's poetic writings together in one volume, including all his later books, work previously uncollected from earlier periods as well as several excellent new poems he completed in the months before his death. It is, as he said, everything he wished to be remembered for.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781550172256
(155mm x 230mm x 49mm)
Imprint: Harbour Publishing
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Al Purdy
We Go Far Back in Time, Hardback (February 2014)
An intimate look into the lives of two great poets who found common ground in their writing and in the changing fortunes of their literary careers.
Man Who Outlived Himself, Paperback / softback (April 2000)
Beardsley and Purdy examine one of English Literature's true legends.
Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets, Paperback (January 1996)» View all books by Al Purdy
Presents a selection of poems by the man described by the "Globe & Mail" as "the greatest of our poets". In these poems, the poet ponders the remains of a Native village; encounters Fidel Castro in Revolutionary Square; curses a noisy cellmate in the drunk tank; and marvels at the 'combination of ballet and murder' known as hockey.
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Author Biography - Al Purdy
Al Purdy's down-to-earth voice populates thirty-three books, including The Cariboo Horses (1965), North of Summer (1967), Sex &Death (1973), and Piling Blood (1984). The two major collections of his work are The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (1986) and Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (2000). Purdy died in Sidney, BC, on April 21, 2000.
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