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- University of Alberta Press
- Stouck, Jordan, Phd (red.)
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- 228 x 152 x 19 mm
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- 517 g
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'Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun'
Canadian Publishing and the Correspondence of Sinclair Ross, 1933-1986
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"'Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun'...is a line from one of Ross' letters in which [the venerable writer] describes his lifetime of struggling for recognition, ultimately dying in relative obscurity in Vancouver... And he was a guy who wrote a classic, a book that has been required reading on high school reading lists for more than two decades, dating back to the 1940s." Sheila Munro, BC Bookworld, June 2010 "Many books of letters are scattershot, unfocused affairs. But these letters of Canlit pioneer Sinclair Ross are compelling and laid out like a story. As selected, arranged and annotated by B.C. academics (and daughter and father) Jordan and David Stouck, they build to a jarring and poignant climax, so that the collection reads like a novel. A tragic novel." Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press, September 19, 2010 "This collection of extant letters, from Atwood to Wiseman and many others, are from friends, fellow writers, and editor-publishers, and their replies from Sinclair Ross (1908-1996). The correspondence is arranged according to the five major periods of his writing life... Much can be gleaned from these writings, not only biographical facts but, perhaps more importantly, about his creative process... University of Alberta Press has made available to a new generation Ross's seminal work, with new introductions [Sawbones Memorial, The Well, and Whir of Gold]... The present collection of correspondence more than adequately complements the fiction and makes available original, previously unpublished, primary materials." Anne Burke, Prairie Journal, January 2011 "The editors present this collection of letters from, to, and sometimes about, Ross as an illustration of the growth of Canadian publishing between the 1930s and the 1980s. But, from the title quotation onwards, it is Ross's personality that dominates the book." Times Literary Supplement (UK) October 29, 2010 "...the Stoucks' effort succeeds in illuminating the publishing record of one of Canada's most secretive authors... Most striking is Jordan Stouck's note-perfect introduction, one that is academically rigorous yet free of jargon and platitudes... [T]he book's contents reveal a complex and conflicted man who certainly affected many of those close and not-so-close to him. Furthermore, reading Ross's letters is often akin to the experience of reading Ross at his finest... Ross's perfect rhythm and distilled analysis are pleasure unto themselves... [F]or those of us who have always wanted more of Ross's talent, then this fine, revealing book will more than suffice." Andrew Lesk, Great Plains Quarterly "Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun is the first published selection of letters by, to, and about Sinclair Ross; and it is a particularly welcome new resource because Ross was a publicly shy man, little known to his readers... [Jordan Stouck] includes about a third of the available letters, well selected for their 'literary and biographical interest,' and adds a transcript of the only formal interview Ross ever granted (xxv). In her introduction, she supplies biographical context and continuity especially helpful to those who have not read the biography... At the foot of each letter, readers will find David Stouck's often remarkably resourceful notes waiting to explain any obscure or quizzical references in the texts... Most significantly, these letters bring us Sinclair Ross with a new immediacy and vitality. Especially in his exchanges with fellow writers such as Margaret Laurence, Ross opens up--revealing his beliefs, his humor, and, gradually, his personality... Ross emerges as an astute, articulate, and forthright commentator, joining the critical controversies about his own work... Jordan and David Stouck have given us an important and highly readable book offering new insights into the life and writing of one of our finest Canadian and western writers. Dick Harrison, Western American Li
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Jordan Stouck teaches discourse analysis at UBC (Okanagan) and studies the multicultural formations and history of Canadian literature. She lives in Kelowna, BC. David Stouck is Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University. He has written extensively on Sinclair Ross. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
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