Irving Layton

By Francis Mansbridge

Irving Layton
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From the author of his bibliography and the editor of his letters comes this new biography of Canada`s most outspoken poet, Irving Layton. Beginning with Layton`s youth in Montreal, this book examines Layton`s early days with Louis Dudek and the First Statement poets. From his ... Read more


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From the author of his bibliography and the editor of his letters comes this new biography of Canada`s most outspoken poet, Irving Layton. Beginning with Layton`s youth in Montreal, this book examines Layton`s early days with Louis Dudek and the First Statement poets. From his first book in 1945 to his outstanding success in the 1960s, the volume captures the essence of Layton`s turbulent and provocative life.

Francis Mansbridge

Francis Mansbridge's interest in the history of the North Shore was stimulated by his dozen years as an archivist in North Vancouver. A love of outdoor recreation has led him to spend extensive time exploring the Hollyburn area. Prior to his archival work, Francis taught English at a number of colleges and universities, mostly at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Ottawa and has published extensively on both academic and popular subjects. Mansbridge's previous books include God's Recording Angel, a biography of the Canadian poet Irving Layton, and Launching History: The Saga of Burrard Dry Dock. The latter book won the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's award for historical writing in 2002. Francis makes his home in Vancouver, B.C.

Reviews

"Mansbridge, a longtime scholar of the Montreal poet, captures the essence of a turbulent and controversial life.... full of intriguing insights." — The London Free Press

"A coherent, accessible biography, rife with revealing, sometimes shocking anecdotes." — The Montreal Gazette

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