The Tightrope Walker: Autobiographical Writings of Anne Wilkinson

The Tightrope Walker Autobiographical Writings of Anne Wilkinson Anne Wilkinson was one of the most celebrated Canadian writers of her time Her success as a poet came against all odds nothing in her background from geography to genealogy would have sugges

  • Title: The Tightrope Walker: Autobiographical Writings of Anne Wilkinson
  • Author: Anne Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9780802057457
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Anne Wilkinson 1910 61 was one of the most celebrated Canadian writers of her time Her success as a poet came against all odds nothing in her background, from geography to genealogy, would have suggested a literary career She lived her life and practiced her art in Toronto at a time when the nerve centre of Canadian poetry was unquestionably Montreal She was born intAnne Wilkinson 1910 61 was one of the most celebrated Canadian writers of her time Her success as a poet came against all odds nothing in her background, from geography to genealogy, would have suggested a literary career She lived her life and practiced her art in Toronto at a time when the nerve centre of Canadian poetry was unquestionably Montreal She was born into the highest levels of Toronto society, a daughter of the very distinguished Osler family And yet she wrote poetry, and was published to great acclaim, through decades of marriage, child rearing, divorce, and illness.From December 1947 to July 1956, the years during which she wrote her most successful poetry, Wilkinson kept journals in due course she also wrote an autobiography, part of which appeared in a literary magazine shortly after she died Joan Coldwell brings together the complete text of the autobiography with the poet s journals, some samples of her poetry, and a moving exchange of letters between Wilkinson and her mother.The journals vividly reveal the inner workings of the writer s mind and her struggles to create in a difficult environment With an immediacy and power that only journals can achieve, these writings explore the nature of the creative process in a context of daily realities that are often harsh and sometimes heart breaking The autobiography tells the story in a different way, rearranged to fit the forms of a legitimate genre.Together with Coldwell s introduction, these writings present a unique and moving self portrait of a poet who died too young, at the peak of her career This volume celebrates Wilkinson s life and work, and the spirit that informed them.

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