Journey with No Maps is the first biography of P.K. Page, a
brilliant twentieth-century poet and a fine artist. The product of
over a decade''s research and writing, the book follows Page as she
becomes one of Canada''s best-loved and most influential writers.
"A borderline being," as she called herself, she recognized the new
choices offered to women by modern life but followed only those
related to her quest for self-discovery. Tracing Page''s life
through two wars, world travels, the rise of modernist and Canadian
cultures, and later Sufi study, biographer Sandra Djwa details the
people and events that inspired her work. Page''s independent
spirit propelled her from Canada to England, from work as a radio
actress to a scriptwriter for the National Film Board, from an
affair with poet F.R. Scott to an enduring marriage with diplomat
Arthur Irwin. Page wrote her story in poems, fiction, diaries,
librettos, and her visual art. Journey with No Maps reads like a
novel, drawing on the poet''s voice from interviews, diaries,
letters, and writings as well as the voices of her contemporaries.
With the vividness of a work of fiction and the thoroughness of
scholarly dedication, Djwa illustrates the complexities of Page''s
private experience while also documenting her public emergence as
an internationally known poet. It is both the captivating story of
a remarkable woman and a major contribution to the study of
Canada''s literary and artistic history.