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Dear Marian, Dear Hugh

The Maclennan-Engel Correspondence

Edited by Christl Verduyn

Publication Year: 1995

A student at McGill in the mid-1950s, Marian Engel wrote her M.A. thesis under the direction of Hugh MacLennan. Their work together became the basis of a correspondence, the MacLennan half of which survives and is detailed here. Both personal and professional in nature, MacLennan's letters to Engel provide fascinating insights into his life's pursuit of writing and offer another glimpse of the author of Two Solitudes.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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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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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...


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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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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

E-ISBN-13: 9780776615776
E-ISBN-10: 0776615777
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776604039
Print-ISBN-10: 0776604031

Page Count: 138
Publication Year: 1995

OCLC Number: 180704433
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  • Engel, Marian -- Correspondence.
  • MacLennan, Hugh, 1907-1990 -- Correspondence.
  • Authors, Canadian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
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