At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver, 1937-1998

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This book tells the story of a man and a city. Curt Lang was a legend in Vancouver. An intellectual and a catalyst, he spanned many worlds. As a teenager, he met Malcolm Lowry and became friends with Al Purdy. In his twenties, Curt was a beat, who published poetry and painted. He was friends with many writers—Peter Trower, John Newlove, and artists, Fred Douglas, David Marshall. He became a street photographer (the National Gallery has some of his prints). Then in his thirties, he built boats and fished when ...
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Overview

This book tells the story of a man and a city. Curt Lang was a legend in Vancouver. An intellectual and a catalyst, he spanned many worlds. As a teenager, he met Malcolm Lowry and became friends with Al Purdy. In his twenties, Curt was a beat, who published poetry and painted. He was friends with many writers—Peter Trower, John Newlove, and artists, Fred Douglas, David Marshall. He became a street photographer (the National Gallery has some of his prints). Then in his thirties, he built boats and fished when the money in that industry was so good, the scene in Prince Rupert was like a Gold Rush. In his forties, he became involved in the high tech industry. He was awarded a number of patents and started several companies. He developed hardware and software for the railroad industry which today is used all over North America. Curt Lang’s life illuminates the evolving history of Vancouver. The book is part history, part memoir. The correspondence between Al Purdy and Curt Lang (never before published) reveals much about both their characters. Claudia was a friend of Curt’s, so she also has her own memories and conversations with him to draw on.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781896949178
  • Publisher: Mother Tongue Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Cornwall is a freelance writer for over 20 years, has written two books. The second one, Letter from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers her Family’s Jewish Past, won the BC Book Prize for best non-fiction in 1996. She has been published in many Canadian magazines and newspapers including The Globe & Mail, Reader's Digest, (the Canadian, the international and the Mainland China editions), BC Business, as well as the on-line magazine, Tyee. She teaches courses about ethical and legal issues for writers as well as courses in memoir writing at SFU and Douglas College. In March 2009, she received a $20,000 journalism award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support the writing of a series of stories about health research. Claudia Cornwall grew up in Vancouver and studied philosophy at UBC and the University of Calgary. She is married and has a son and a daughter and lives in North Vancouver.
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