Louis Dudek, poet, professor, editor, publisher, translator and legendary Canadian man of letters, passed away on March 22, 2001. Shortly after his death, many of the people whose lives he had touched, from family members to distinguished writers, voiced the same proposal: there must be a tribute. Dudek's influence was vast and his accomplishments breathtaking from revolutionizing this country's small press movement (First Statement, Contact Press, CIV/n, Delta and Delta Canada) and editing such ground-breaking anthologies as Canadian Poems: 1850-1952 (with Irving Layton), Poetry of Our Time and The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada (with Michael Gnarowski), to authoring many remarkably eloquent volumes of poetry and criticism. He was also known as 'The Great Encourager' during his decades at McGill University, publishing the first books of such poets as Leonard Cohen. Robin Blaser called Dudek "Canada's most important that is to say, consequential modern voice." Les editions Triptyque wrote that "Louis Dudek se situe au premier rang." This collection of essays, poems, rare photographs, facsimiles of letters and manuscripts, simultaneously celebrates Dudek's life and offers fresh illuminations on his life's work.
|Publisher:||Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited|
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About the Author
Edited by Aileen Collins, Michael Gnarowski and Sonja A. Skarstedt.
Louis Dudek, born in Montreal, was educated both at McGill and Columbia University. In New York, as a young poet, he corresponded extensively with Ezra Pound. Back in Montreal, he joined the McGill faculty, where his lectures on literature became legendary. In combination with other key figures in the first and second waves of Canadian poetic modernism, he commenced many of the most important small magazines and literary presses of the mid-century. As a writer, critic, and cultural observer, his career has been dedicated to ongoing intellectual and artistic discussion. Justly identified as Canada's premier man of letters, Dudek died in 2001.