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Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters Paperback – May 7 2018


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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Alberta Press; Annotated edition edition (April 30 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1772123358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1772123357
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the most important writers at McClelland & Stewart in the house's heyday, [Margaret] Laurence formed a bond with flamboyant publisher Jack McClelland. The 400 or so letters that passed between them show a deep mutual respect and offer up many insights into writing and publishing in Canada.... [The book] exposes a great deal about Laurence's craft, her difficulties with censorship, and McClelland's commercial ups and downs.... The letters themselves are revealing and frequently fascinating." (George Fetherling Quill & Quire 2018-05-01)

"[Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters] documents the era through the warm, nostalgic filter of private letters between one of the country’s most acclaimed novelists and her publisher. It is a sweet book, funny and angry by turn, and a delight to read." [Full review at https://www.blacklocks.ca/book-review-im-betting-on-you] (Holly Doan Blacklock's Reporter 2018-06-23)

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“This often intense and affectionate correspondence between one of the country’s great writers and its most aggressive and nationalistic (not to mention deftly cordial) publisher makes for interesting reading and provides an important roadmap through the complex terrain of Canadian writing and culture in the latter half of the twentieth century.” (Michael Peterman, Trent Professor Emeritus 2018-05-31)

“A great narrative of the development of a friendship (with significant ‘bickership’) between two very well known Canadians during a very important phase in the development, funding, and dissemination of Canadian literature (1950s to 1980s).” (Donna Palmateer Pennee, Professor, Department of English, Western University 2018-05-31)

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