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  • Series: Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (March 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553650832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553650836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Carr, generally considered Canada's most famous woman painter, was born in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1871 and died there in 1945. She was an unusually gifted woman renowned not only for her magnificent paintings, but for her extraordinarily vivid and imaginative prose. She began writing late in life when she was forced by failing health to curtail her sketching activities. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was an instant success and won a Governor General's award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on April 27, 2010
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I love reading about Emily Carr, and this is the first biographical book I read. While it does begin in her childhood, it concetrates on her time in the U.K, studying around the turn of the century. To read other parts in more detail you might need to read Klee Wyck or The Book of Small. Or just buy the book of all her writing in one.
I really enjoy her honest style of writing, the way she saw things and said what was on her mind. She must have driven her more proper sisters nuts. She's a wonderful example of what you can do if you put your mind to it, especially as a woman back in that day and age. A great read whether you're an artist or just interested in autobiographies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean L. on January 26, 2013
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Despite all odds-- cultural, familial, financial-- Emily Carr became an artist without compromise. She is a very good writer and very insightful. A good book for all who enjoy reading artist's autobiographies, but especially for artists who are now also struggling to maintain their visions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Craven on December 4, 2012
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Beautifully fresh words....written in an unusual style of bits and pieces of a very single minded woman. Art was the sole purpose of her life.
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I love Emily Carr's books. This was an exceptional example. The gently used book was a pleasure to receive. Thanks
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By jochan on August 25, 2013
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Interesting and well written. she is an awesome
Canadian painter. I did not know that she also was such a great writer She not only wrote this autobiography, but many other books as well.
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The chapters are short. Each one focusing on one event in her life. But she provides us with an insight as to how she ultimately became the "mystical artist of British Columbia". She gives some fascinating details as to life in San Francisco in late 1800s. If anyone is interested in Emily Carr as an artist, this is a MUST read.
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