Journey With No Maps

Journey With No Maps

A Life of P. K. Page

Book - 2012
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Journey with No Maps is the first biography of P.K. Page, a brilliant twentieth-century poet and a fine artist. The product of over a decade's research and writing, the book follows Page as she becomes one of Canada's best-loved and most influential writers. "A borderline being," as she called herself, she recognized the new choices offered to women by modern life but followed only those related to her quest for self-discovery. Tracing Page's life through two wars, world travels, the rise of modernist and Canadian cultures, and later Sufi study, biographer Sandra Djwa details the people and events that inspired her work. Page's independent spirit propelled her from Canada to England, from work as a radio actress to a scriptwriter for the National Film Board, from an affair with poet F.R. Scott to an enduring marriage with diplomat Arthur Irwin. Page wrote her story in poems, fiction, diaries, librettos, and her visual art. Journey with No Maps reads like a novel, drawing on the poet's voice from interviews, diaries, letters, and writings as well as the voices of her contemporaries. With the vividness of a work of fiction and the thoroughness of scholarly dedication, Djwa illustrates the complexities of Page's private experience while also documenting her public emergence as an internationally known poet. It is both the captivating story of a remarkable woman and a major contribution to the study of Canada's literary and artistic history.
Publisher: Montréal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780773540613
Branch Call Number: 819.1 P144d
Characteristics: xi, 418 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Jan 04, 2015

This terrific book is a joy to read and one of my favourite books. I think all women would enjoy reading it. Page lived her life during a time of great change for women when there was ''no map'' for women and the book can show women how we can live a more fuller life. Page influenced many of the noted Canadian authors we have today like Margaret Laurence. Sandra Djwa lives in West Van so we've read her book at our book club. Everyone enjoyed it. (We all agreed it would be a wonderful book to make in to a movie.) If you ever have the chance to hear her speak you will be totally charmed.

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