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Klee Wyck [Paperback]

Emily Carr
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Oct. 1 2003

The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as a writer. Her first book, published in 1941, was titled Klee Wyck ("Laughing One"), in honour of the name that the Native people fo the west coast gave her as an intrepid young woman. The book was a hit with both critics and the public, won the prestigious Governor Generals' Award and has been in print ever since.

Emily Carr wrote these twenty-one word sketches after visiting and living with Native people, painting their totem poles and villages, many of them in wild and remote areas. She tells her stories with beauty, pathos and a vivid awareness of the comedy of people and situations.

A few years after Carr's death, signifcant deletions were made to her book for an educational edition. This new, beautifully designed keepsake volume restores Klee Wyck to its original published verison, making the complete work available for th e first tim in more than fifty years. In her intriguing introduction, archivist and writer Kathryn Bridge puts Klee Wyck into the context of Emily Carr's life and reveals the story behind the expurgations.


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Carr is a magical wordsmith whose gorgeous prose reflects a desire for simplicity even as it sensually mirrors life in its teeming complexity. -- Publishers Weekly

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Douglas & McIntyre is proud to announce definitive, completely redesigned editions of Emily Carr's seven enduring classic books. These are beautifully crafted keepsake editions of the literary world of Emily Carr, each with an introduction by a distinguished Canadian writer or authority on Emily Carr and her work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and visualized June 14 1999
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this book by Emily Carr gives a very wonderful and descriptive account of the Pacific Northwest along British Columbia's shores. Emily Carr was a very unique woman who defied her times in her interactions with Native Peoples and her adventurous independance. This book details her explorations among the Queen Charlotte Islands. It is so descriptive it makes one feel that they are actually on the west coast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of Place Feb. 16 2001
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If you are interested in the environment which generated the powerful West Coast Native art, the artist, Emily Carr, conjures it up in this original book. Her travels to their coastal villages are translated into these atmospheric essays.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and visualized June 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book by Emily Carr gives a very wonderful and descriptive account of the Pacific Northwest along British Columbia's shores. Emily Carr was a very unique woman who defied her times in her interactions with Native Peoples and her adventurous independance. This book details her explorations among the Queen Charlotte Islands. It is so descriptive it makes one feel that they are actually on the west coast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of Place Feb. 16 2001
By "cathcanada@hotmail.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are interested in the environment which generated the powerful West Coast Native art, the artist, Emily Carr, conjures it up in this original book. Her travels to their coastal villages are translated into these atmospheric essays.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Carr paints with words..... March 9 2011
By G. Fine - Published on Amazon.com
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Emily Carr paints with words in this wonderful little book about her life. The stories give glimpses into the life and heart of this marvelous painter as she explores the Pacific NW coast in search of Native Totems to paint. A delightful piece of light reading which I like to re explore often.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not her best April 27 2012
By JRobin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While I think the stories in this book are important, they do not represent Carr's best. Many are repetitive. The value of the book lies in the portraits she paints of the changes to the tribes in and around British Columbia. I would recommend this to those interested in indigenous populations. I feel her other writings are better to learn about her art and way of thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible gem of a book - so glad I've found this author. Jan. 2 2012
By Cathy L - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing is beautiful and evocative leaving me with so many unanswered questions such as why were the native women's children dying one after the other? Be careful of the kindle version - it is full of errors which totally ruins the experience of reading this wonderful book. If I hear back from Amazon that they have remedied this situation I'll come back and change this review
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