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Title: Truth & Beauty: Verse Biography in Canada, Australia & NZ
Author: JACKSON ANNA, RICKERBY HELEN & SBROMA ANGELINA
This book brings together ten essays about the poets and works that have been formative in the emerging canon of verse biography in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Truth and Beauty turns critical attention to an exciting genre that lies at the intersection of biography and poetry, narrative and lyric, history and the confessional.
With essays on such influential verse biographers as Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Porter, Michael Ondaatje and Anne Carson along with newer practitioners such as Chris Orsman, Jordie Albiston, Robert Sullivan and Tusiata Avia, this collection looks at the inevitable tensions that arise between historical fact and the work of imagination – and the competing and complementary claims of truth and beauty.
Contributors: Airini Beautrais, Amy Brown, Russell Coldicutt, Joan Fleming, Shari Kocher, Tom McLean, Bridget Orr, Ian Rae, Erin Scudder and Jessica L. Wilkinson.