Extraordinary Canadians: Emily Carr: A Penguin Lives Biography

Paperback | August 30, 2011

byLewis DeSoto

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Mad, bad, and dangerous to know is how Victorian society dismissed Emily Carr. Lewis DeSoto, a painter and novelist, sees Emily Carr as a woman in search of God, freedom, and the essence of art. Her quest to be an independent woman and a modern artist takes her from the studios of Paris to deep inside the remote Native villages of the West Coast forests. It is a lifetime journey of almost mythic proportions in which she struggles to define not only herself but also her country. A creator of extraordinary power, a seeker of mystical truth, a woman of unusual courage, Carr is revealed as one of those unique individuals who articulate the symbols and images by which Canada knows itself.

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Mad, bad, and dangerous to know is how Victorian society dismissed Emily Carr. Lewis DeSoto, a painter and novelist, sees Emily Carr as a woman in search of God, freedom, and the essence of art. Her quest to be an independent woman and a modern artist takes her from the studios of Paris to deep inside the remote Native villages of the ...

Lewis DeSoto was born in South Africa and studied at what is now the Emily Carr College of Art. His paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada. His acclaimed novel, A Blade of Grass, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He lives with his wife in Normandy and Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.73 × 5.1 × 0.57 inPublished:August 30, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143055879

ISBN - 13:9780143055877

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Art in Canadian History I read this book for my Toastmasters Book Club. When I started to read this book, I knew very little about Emily Carr. I knew she was a Canadian painter that lived and worked on the West Coast of Canada. She had done paintings with totem poles in them. That was about it. I am not sure I could identify one of her paintings. The author did cover the major events of her life. He did not go into much detail, I felt, about her life. There were some things I would have liked to know more about. Her meeting with some more established painters were just mentioned. He did have seperate chapters for some parts of her life. There was one chapter devoted to her love life. It was a small chapter. The author not only dealt with the events of Emily's life, but what was going on in the world of art durring her life, how it changed and how Emily had impact on it. This is the important part of the novel as she did have an impact and it is portant for us, as Canadians to understand and appreciate what she did. I enjoyed the novel. This was not a long book. It was only 124 pages on my e-reader. I feel it is important to know about people who have a place in history. Emily Carr is such a person as she helped to develop a Canadian style of art. If you are proud Canadian or a lover of art or history, I recommend the novel.
Date published: 2013-09-29