Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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p. vi

I would like to thank David Staines for initially encouraging this project. Deep appreciation is owed to Mr. Shirley E. Woods, MacLennan's literary executor, for permission to use MacLennan's letters. I am extremely grateful to Charlotte Engel and William Engel for permission to reproduce Marian Engel's letters to MacLennan, as well as passages from her...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-28

"Dear Miss Passmore," Hugh MacLennan addressed a young student one Thursday toward the end of term at McGill in 1956, "Re your writing: I mentioned that the day before I went over your piece with you I myself had written an essay which the next morning had seemed flat and confused. I also mentioned that I had re-written it and...

Correspondence

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Pages 31-62

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pp. 31-62

My dear Miss Passmore: Reading exam papers is a chore I detest, as regulations forbid me to give marks on my half of Eng. 341 until Mr. Dudek2 has his results. I have been reading papers at the rate of about 1½ per week through...

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Pages 63-122

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pp. 63-122

But the critics have totally failed to grasp the peculiar and intense difficulties facing any of us who began writing non-provincial novels in the 1940s. And they are these: (1) We could rely on no familiarity with the literary scene even in our own minds. We therefore had to present...

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Afterword

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p. 123

Marian Engel died on February 16, 1985. She had just entered her fifties, which might have been her richest writing years. A nearly completed novel, "Elizabeth and the Golden City,"160 bears witness to her...

Appendices: "The Office on the Landing" by Marian Engel and "A Woman at McGill" by Marian Engel

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pp. 125-134