The Burgess Shale

The Burgess Shale

The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s

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"The outburst of cultural energy that took place in the 1960s was in part a product of the two decades that came before. It's always difficult for young people to see their own time in perspective: when you're in your teens, a decade earlier feels like ancient history and the present moment seems normal: what exists now is surely what has always existed." Margaret Atwood compares the Canadian literary landscape of the 1960s to the Burgess Shale, a geological formation that contains the fossils of many strange prehistoric life forms. The Burgess Shale is not entirely about writing itself, however: Atwood also provides some insight into the meagre writing infrastructure of that time, taking a lighthearted look at the early days of the institutions we take for granted today--from writers' organizations, prizes, and grant programs to book tours and festivals.
Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta : University of Alberta Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781772123012
Branch Call Number: 819.090054 Atwoo
Characteristics: xi, 43 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Canadian Literature Centre

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