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Al Purdy

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Al Purdy was born December 30, 1918, in Wooler, Ontario and died at Sidney, BC, April 21, 2000. Raised in Trenton, Ontario, he lived throughout Canada as he developed his reputation as one of Canada's greatest writers. His collections included two winners of the Governor General's Award, Cariboo Horses (1965) and Collected Poems (1986) and other classics such as Poems for All the Annettes, In Search of Owen Roblin and Piling Blood. Later in life, he travelled widely with his wife Eurithe and settled in Ameliasburg, Ontario and Sidney, BC. In addition to his thirty-three books of poetry, he published a novel, an autobiography and nine collections of essays and correspondence. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983 and the Order of Ontario in 1987. His ashes are buried in Ameliasburg at the end of Purdy Lane.


Book Cover The Al Purdy A Frame Anthology
978-1-55017-502-8 · 1-55017-502-5 · November 2009 · Paperback
CAD$26.95 · USD$26.95
A celebration of the most unlikely, outrageous and important gathering place in modern Canadian writing, with contributions from Dennis Lee, Eurithe Purdy, F.R. Scott, George Galt, Joe Rosenblatt, Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, D.G Jones, Sid Marty, Steven Heighton, Howard White, David McFadden, David Helwig, Janet Lunn, Paul Vermeersch, Michael Ondaatje and others.
Book Cover Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy
978-1-55017-225-6 · 1-55017-225-5 · September 2000 · Hardback
CAD$44.95 · USD$44.95
"If you want to read some decent strong human stuff without fakery I'd say Al Purdy the Canadian. . . one of the few very good poets since 1900." -Charles Bukowski "Purdy is one of the most substantial poets in English of the century." -Dennis Lee
Book Cover Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets
978-1-55017-125-9 · 1-55017-125-9 · 1995 · Paperback
CAD$21.95 · USD$21.95
The definitive anthology of Canada's new poets.
Book Cover The Man Who Outlived Himself: An appreciation of John Donne: A dozen of his best poems
978-1-55017-219-5 · 1-55017-219-0 · March 2000 · Paperback
CAD$16.95 · USD$16.95
Beardsley and Purdy examine one of English Literature's true legends.
Book Cover No One Else is Lawrence!: A Dozen of D.H Lawrence's Best Poems
978-1-55017-194-5 · 1-55017-194-1 · 1998 · Paperback
CAD$16.95 · USD$16.95
Winner of a BC 2000 Book Prize "Canada needs more books like this." -Wireweed
Book Cover Reaching for the Beaufort Sea: An Autobiography
978-1-55017-088-7 · 1-55017-088-0 · 1993 · Hardback
CAD$28.95 · USD$28.95
The autobiography of one of Canada's best loved poets "bristles with splenetic vitality" -Stephen Smith, Quill & Quire
Book Cover Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996
978-1-55017-148-8 · 1-55017-148-8 · 1996 · Paperback
CAD$16.95 · USD$16.95
The definitive Al Purdy selected. Finalist for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2006!
Book Cover Starting from Ameliasburgh: The Collected Prose of Al Purdy
978-1-55017-127-3 · 1-55017-127-5 · 1995 · Hardback
CAD$39.95 · USD$39.95
"A hundred years from now, one of the few Canadian poets whose work will still be read is Al Purdy" -Maclean's
Book Cover To Paris Never Again
978-1-55017-173-0 · 1-55017-173-9 · 1997 · Paperback
CAD$16.95 · USD$16.95
Al Purdy's final volume of poems includes some of the best work of his half-century of writing.
Book Cover We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1984
978-1-55017-610-0 · 1-55017-610-2 · June 2014 · Hardback
CAD$39.95 · USD$39.95
An intimate look into the lives of two great poets who found common ground in their writing and in the changing fortunes of their literary careers.
Book Cover Yours, Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy
978-1-55017-332-1 · 1-55017-332-4 · October 2004 · Hardback
CAD$44.95 · USD$44.95
“Dear John: I was down in your neck or coccyx of the woods last week and put my arms around an ex-pro boxer’s wife in a drunken euphoria and nearly got my profile altered to 7500 A.D. . . . Dear Louis: I was just talking to Peter Brown and he says you hate me . . . What a waste of time. . . . Dear Buc: I always used to tell Birney if he died before me I was gonna grind him up and marinate him for an aphrodisiac. I like the guy, but never could figure out his apparent attraction to women . . .” —from various letters