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- DescriptionAn exquisite painter, intellectual, social activist and articulate lesbian feminist, Mary Meigs did t begin her writing career until age sixty. While her books are grounded in the particulars of her personal relationships, they are difficult to categorize. So lumius are they with her painter's recognition of the dance of shades and hues of context, so unsparingly lucid is her intellect of analytical and mindful thought, so unsentimental and profoundly self-aware is her heart, that her books read like the most exquisitely crafted fiction a life embraced to the fullest, and with eyes wide open, can become in its written record. Mary Meigs suffered a stroke in 1999. Undaunted and irrepressible, Meigs embraced her fate with both a penetrating curiosity and an utterly undiminished will to create. New, discrete forms of writing emerged: an incisively contemplative journal; a beautifully witty, illustrated fax correspondence between her cat Mike and Marie-Claire Blais's cat Mouser; and a fascinating series of collaborative free writing sketches, beginning with a line or phrase, usually from a poem, on which the writer elaborated without moving pen from paper. Lise Weil has constructed a celebratory gathering of these magical pieces in Beyond Recall, Meigs's paean to the indomitable human spirit and its triumph over the infirmities and obstacles old age imposes on the human condition.
- Author BiographyMary Meigs Born in Philadelphia, writer and painter Mary Meigs wrote her first novel, Lily Briscoe: A Self-Portrait, at the age of 60. For the next two decades, Meigs chronicled her extraordinary life as a writer, a painter, an actress, a social activist and a lesbian feminist. In 1988, Meigs played herself in the critically acclaimed film The Company of Strangers, which resulted in the publication of In the Company of Strangers (1991), a fascinating work documenting her experience during the production of the film. Mary Meigs died in 2002 at the age of 85, shortly before the completion of Beyond Recall.
- Author(s)Mary Meigs
- PublisherTalon Books,Canada
- Date of Publication30/06/2005
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintTalon Books,Canada
- Content NoteIllustrations, ports.
- Weight328 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edited byLise Weil
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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