The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-1961

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Anne Wilkinson (1910-61) holds a distinguished place among the major Canadian modernist poets of her time. Her poetry collections were praised by Northrop Frye, Desmond Pacey, Earle Birney, and Dorothy Livesay. Editors of literary magazines, including Alan Crawley, John Sutherland, Louis Dudek, and Fred Cogswell, actively sought her poems. Her poems have been broadcast on CBC Radio's "Anthology," recorded on "Six Toronto Poets," set to music by Oskar Morawetz, and stitched into a quilt by Joyce Wieland. Michael Ondaatje's novels In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient have paid quiet homage to her poetry and journals. Essays by literary critics Robert Lecker and Douglas Barbour, and editions of her work edited by A. J. M. Smith and Joan Coldwell have kept her poetry alive in the academy. These collective interests in the poetry of Anne Wilkinson attest to its enduring value and its ongoing appreciation by a phenomenal range of readers, critics, editors, writers, and artists.

Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson (1924-1961) is a comprehensive edition, including all of Wilkinson's previously collected, uncollected, and unpublished poems. In addition to reprinting her volumes Counterpoint to Sleep (1951) and The Hangman Ties the Holly (1955), this edition incorporates other poems first collected in A. J. M. Smith's edition of The Collected Poems of Anne Wilkinson (1968) and 46 previously uncollected poems omitted from his edition.

Editor Dean Irvine provides an informative introduction to Wilkinson's poetry and an extensive section of textual notes, chronicling the publication histories of, and revisions to, her poems. These textual notes will enable readers to follow the genesis of each poem through successive drafts and printings and to witness the revisionary and editorial practices that shaped her poems. Heresies is an innovative edition, applying current editorial theories to establish the "genetic text" of Wilkinson's complete poems. It is an edition designed in the interests of general readers, scholars, and editors alike.
Publisher: Montreal, Que. : Signal Editions, c2003.
ISBN: 9781550651621
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Irvine, Dean J. (Dean Jay)


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