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An Aesthetic Underground

A Literary Memoir

by John Metcalf

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literary, editors, journalists, publishers, literacy
list price: $36.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
published: 2003
ISBN:9780887621215
publisher: Dundurn
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In this much-anticipated memoir, Metcalf takes us on a personal journey through his life and those influences that inform his own literary aesthetic. Here is a fascinating story peopled with the likes of Alice Munro, Norman Levine, Ernest Hemingway, John Newlove, Hugh Hood, Keath Fraser, Irving Layton, Mavis Gallant, and many other literary luminaries. By turns humorous and iconoclastic and brimming with intelligence and brio, this highly readable memoir provides much-needed perspective on the art of editing, literary values, and the current state of Canadian literary publishing.

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Editorial Reviews

"[John Metcalf] has written some of the very best stories ever published in this country."

— Alice Munro

"Metcalf is delightfully good company as a polemicist: witty, learned, visciously funny, and intellectually challenging."

— Globe and Mail
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