George Fetherling

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George Fetherling (born 1949, full name Douglas George Fetherling) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and cultural commentator. One of the most prolific figures in Canadian letters, he has written or edited more than fifty books, including a dozen volumes of poetry, four book-length fictions, and a two-volume memoir. He lives in Toronto and Vancouver.

Fetherling was born in West Virginia, in the United States, on January 1, 1949. He moved to Canada at age eighteen.[1] He started in the Canadian literary industry in 1966 in Toronto, where he was the first employee of publisher House of Anansi.[2] Born Douglas, Fetherling began publishing under his father's name, George, in 1999.[1] He began writing for the book reviews section of the Vancouver Sun in 2000.[2] He is the author of British Columbia literary figure George Woodcock's only biography.[2]

A study of Fetherling's books George Fetherling and His Work, edited by Linda Rogers, features essays by W. H. New, George Elliott Clarke, Brian Busby and others.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • My Experience in the War – 1970
  • Our Man in Utopia – 1971
  • Café Terminus – 1973
  • Eleven Early Poems – 1973
  • Achilles' Navel – 1974
  • Subroutines – 1981
  • Variorum: New Poems and Old, 1965-1985 – 1985
  • Moving Towards the Vertical Horizon – 1986
  • Rites of Alienation – 1988
  • The Dreams of Ancient Peoples – 1990
  • Selected Poems – 1994
  • Madagascar – 2000
  • Singer, An Elegy – 2004
  • "The Sylvia Hotel Poems" - 2010
  • "Plans Deranged by Time" - 2012

Fiction[edit]

  • The File on Arthur Moss – 1994
  • Jericho – 2005
  • Tales of Two Cities – 2006
  • "Walt Whitman's Secret" - 2010

Non-fiction[edit]

  • The Five Lives of Ben Hecht – 1977
  • Gold Diggers of 1929 – 1979
  • The Blue Notebook: Reports on Canadian Culture – 1985
  • The Crowded Darkness – 1988
  • The Gold Crusades: A Social History of the Gold Rushes, 1849-1929 – 1988
  • The Rise of the Canadian Newspaper – 1990
  • A Little Bit of Thunder – 1993
  • The Book of Assassins – 2001
  • River of Gold: The Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rushes – 2008

Biography[edit]

  • The Gentle Anarchist: A Life of George Woodcock – 1998

Memoir[edit]

  • Notes from a Journal – 1987
  • Travels By Night: A Memoir – 1994
  • Way Down Deep in the Belly of the Beast: A Memoir – 1996
  • "The Writing Life: Journals 1975 - 2005" - 2013

Travel writing[edit]

  • Year of the Horse: A Journey through Russia and China – 1991
  • The Other China: Journeys around Taiwan – 1995
  • Running Away to Sea: Round the World on a Tramp Freighter – 1998
  • Three Pagodas Pass: A Roundabout Journey to Burma – 2002
  • One Russia, Two Chinas – 2004
  • "Indochina Now and Then" - 2012

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • A George Woodcock Reader – 1980
  • Carl Sandburg at the Movies: A Poet in the Silent Era 1920-1927 – 1985 (with Dale Fetherling)
  • Documents in Canadian Art – 1987
  • Documents in Canadian Film – 1988
  • The Broadview Book of Canadian Anecdotes – 1988
  • Best Canadian Essays 1989 – 1989
  • Best Canadian Essays 1990 – 1990
  • The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs – 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Douglas Fetherling". Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. 
  2. ^ a b c "FETHERLING, George". ABCBookWorld. BC Book World. 

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