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- DescriptionThe Athabasca Ryga presents essays, short stories, plays, and selections from a vel that George Ryga wrote in Athabasca and in Edmonton before his move to British Columbia in the early 1960s. Very little of this work has ever been published before. Almost all these early writings evoke and portray the sights, sounds and people of Deep Creek, Athabasca, and Edmonton. They reveal to us Ryga's ethnic roots, his childhood as a farm boy, his struggle to learn in a one-room school, his desperate search for off-farm employment in meat-packing plants and lumber camps, and his flight to an alien, hostile city where he became both a class-conscious wage-labourer and a visionary poet. Among the manuscripts included in The Athabasca Ryga are two early television dramas ( Storm, and Village Crossroad, ), excerpts from the unpublished autobiographical vel, The Bridge (1960), and a set of five short stories collectively titled Poor People. The Athabasca Ryga also reprints two essays from Ryga's later years -- Notes from a Silent Boyhood, and Essay on A Letter to My Son -- both reflections on what it was like growing up as an intelligent, creative but lonely youth with a love for literature in an isolated and poverty-stricken Ukrainian farming community.
- Author BiographyGeorge Ryga In 1967, George Ryga soared to national fame with The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which has since evolved into a modern classic. A self-proclaimed artist in resistance, Ryga takes the role of a fierce and fearless social commentator in most of his plays, and his work is renowned for its vivid and thrilling theatricality. George Ryga died of stomach cancer in Summerland, BC, in 1987 and will always be remembered and cherished as one of Canada's most prolific and powerful writers. His memory was publicly honoured at the BC Book Prizes ceremony in 1993. His Summerland home has been established as the George Ryga Centre for the Arts. E. David Gregory E. David Gregory is Associate Professor of History and Humanities in the Centre for Global & Social Analysis, Athabasca University. His publications include The Athabasca Ryga (Talonbooks), Athabasca Landing: An Illustrated History, and articles on the history of English and Canadian folksong.
- Author(s)George Ryga
- PublisherTalon Books,Canada
- Date of Publication01/01/1990
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintTalon Books,Canada
- Weight328 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Volume editorDavid E. Gregary
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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