A Memoir of Friendship

A Memoir of Friendship

The Letters Between Carol Shields & Blanche Howard

Book - 2007
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A Memoir of Friendship is a rich collection of the letters Shields and Howard exchanged from 1975 to 2003. Carol Shields took her place on the world literary stage when she won the Pulitzer Prize for The Stone Diaries . Blanche Howard, 22 years older than Carol and herself a published, award-winning author, became Shields's mentor and confidante.Written with humour and insight, this window into their daily lives explores their friendship, their disappointment and joys, their ambitions, and their thoughts on other writers and the craft of writing.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, 2007
ISBN: 9780670066131
Branch Call Number: 819.354 Shiel 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xviii, 552 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Howard, Blanche 1923-
Howard, Allison


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Oct 24, 2010

For me the real story here was the authors' collaboration on their novel, A Celibate Season: brainstorming, writing, the struggle to sell the book and finally, its growing success. While there's some value in the completeness of this collection of letters, I would have preferred a shorter, more focused book. Taken as a whole, it's a good look at the writing life and at the Canadian (and international) literary scene in the last decades of the 20th century.

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