Klee Wyck

Klee Wyck

eBook - 2004
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The title of artist, writer, and rebel Emily Carr's first book means "Laughing One," the nickname given her by the Native people of Canada's west coast. She returned the favor with Klee Wyck, a collection of 21 "word portraits" of their lives and ways. The memoir describes in witty, vivid detail Carr's visits and travels as she painted their totem poles and villages and got to know a people whose "quiet strength healed my heart." The book is reissued here with restored text and features the original introduction by Ira Dilworth and a new introduction by Carr scholar Kathryn Bridge.

Douglas & McIntyre is proud to announce definitive, completely redesigned editions of Emily Carr’s seven enduring classic books. These are beautifully crafted keepsake editions of the literary world of Emily Carr, each with an introduction by a distinguished Canadian writer or authority on Emily Carr and her work.

Emily Carr’s first book, published in 1941, was titled Klee Wyck ("Laughing One"), in honour of the name that the Native people of the west coast gave to her. This collection of twenty-one word sketches about Native people describes her visits and travels as she painted their totem poles and villages. Vital and direct, aware and poignant, it is as well regarded today as when it was first published in 1941 to instant and wide acclaim, winning the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction. In print ever since, it has been read and loved by several generations of Canadians, and has also been translated into French and Japanese.

Kathryn Bridge, who, as an archivist, has long been well acquainted with the work of Emily Carr, has written an absorbing introduction that places Klee Wyck and Emily Carr in historical and literary context and provides interesting new information.

Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781926706382
Characteristics: 1 online resource ([4] p. of plates, 152 p.) : ill. (some col.)


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Feb 25, 2016

For all its editorial additions, this edition lacks a map, so the reader has no idea where the places are that the writer is going to.
The book is a collection of a series of vignettes of life, friends, and places of the author, with only an open-minded kindliness as a theme that holds it together. The writing tone is soft and quiet, rather like Naipaul (of Miguel Street), but without the smile and without the scorn.

Laura_X May 07, 2015

Written by and about my favourite Canadian. Emily Carr writes short stories of her life, her art, and her friendship with the NW Coast first nations people. A compassionate, slightly eccentric, and fiercely independent voice.

Nov 27, 2012

I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed with this one. I was so completely blown away by The House Of All Sorts, and this earlier work is nowhere near as powerful despite a bigger landscape. There are some eerie pictures painted of empty Indian government villages and their abandoned totem poles, but there seems to be no beginning, no end, and no flow. Too bad, as this one won the Governor General’s award.

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