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Hot Poppies
Leon Rooke
0889842639
February 2005
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Book Description
`Everything from her mouth / I wrote down in a blue book.'

So begins Hot Poppies, a collection of poems by Leon Rooke, that grand master of the vocal jag and lyrical roar. Those who know Rooke's fiction -- the Governor General's award-winning novel Shakespeare's Dog, for example -- will expect his first published poems to be rife with surreal flourishes, blazing language, sex, death, dogs and justice. All of these things are to be found in this blue book. So are Jasper Johns, (Lord) B, Princess Di, Lassie, Mahalia Jackson and John Cage.

Hot Poppies is a riotous, extravagant book, fresh from the hot-house, but it is also seductive and subversive. Five-line love lyrics, full of epigrammatic spark, intersperse vitriolic satires on American electoral antics. Britney Spears...


Happiness of Others
Leon Rooke
088984125X
September 1991
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Book Description
The Happiness of Others brings together the best stories from Rooke's first two books published in Canada, The Love Parlour (Oberon, 1977) and Cry Evil (Oberon, 1980), both now out of print, with a selection of stories from The Broad Back of the Angel (Fiction Collective, 1977) which was never available in this country.

At the centre of this collection is the novella `The Street of Moons', which, as Rooke writes in the introduction, `takes as its point of departure from that particularly American, particularly nasty sensibility which regards all countries, especially Latin-American ones, as adjuncts of their own property, and their people as second-class citizens who ought to be speaking English.' And as Russell Banks comments, `It's when he's funny ... which he often is, that he's...


Muffins
Leon Rooke
0889841675
Sept 2002
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Reverberations: Explorations in the Canadian Short Story
Simone Vauthier
0887841643
March 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this series of penetrating essays Simone Vauthier, Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, examines our most successful genre through sophisticated, intensive explorations of the craft, themes, and techniques of several of Canada's leading short story writers: Norman Levine, Alistair MacLeod, Leon Rooke, Audrey Thomas, John Metcalf, Clark Blaise, Carol Shields, Rudy Wiebe, Hugh Hood, and Mavis Gallant.

About the Author
Simone Vauthier, the pre-eminent European critic of Canadian literature, is professor emeritus, University of Strasbourg.


Reverberations: Explorations in the Canadian Short Story
Simone Vauthier
0887845266
March 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
In this series of penetrating essays Simone Vauthier, Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, examines our most successful genre through sophisticated, intensive explorations of the craft, themes, and techniques of several of Canada's leading short story writers: Norman Levine, Alistair MacLeod, Leon Rooke, Audrey Thomas, John Metcalf, Clark Blaise, Carol Shields, Rudy Wiebe, Hugh Hood, and Mavis Gallant.

About the Author
Simone Vauthier, the pre-eminent European critic of Canadian literature, is professor emeritus, University of Strasbourg.


Shakespeare's Other Lives: An Anthology of Fictional Depictions of the Bard
Maurice J. O'Sullivan (Editor)
0786422807
June 2005
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The Library Association Record
"O’Sullivan’s ingenious, wide-ranging compilation records a surprising wealth of novels, plays and stories"

Book Description
For generations scholars have labored scrupulously to try to separate the facts of William Shakespeare’s life from the myths that have entangled them. However, those who have written fictions about the bard have operated under no such constraints. They offer solutions to the identities of W.H. and the Dark Lady, suggest Shakespeare’s role in the shaping of the King James Bible, and trace his relationships with Sir Thomas Lucy, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth I, Kit Marlowe and Ben Jonson. And they speculate endlessly about Shakespeare’s pets and poaching, his sources and inspiration, his melancholy and death. From...


Writers in Aspic
John Metcalf
0919890776
October 1988
Paperback
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