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Al Purdy

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Al Purdy's Biography

Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC, O.Ont (December 30, 1918 – April 21, 2000) was one of the most popular and important Canadian poets of the 20th century. Purdy's writing career spanned more than fifty years. His works include over thirty books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs and four books of correspondence. He has been called the nation's "unofficial poet laureate", and, "a national poet in a way that you only find occasionally in the life of a culture."

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Al Purdy News Stories

  • Team renovating poet Al Purdy's cabin find poem hidden in the wall

      News Source: The Globe & Mail | 6 months ago
    Story Eurithe Purdy, the widow of the poet who died in 2000, had hinted as much, he added...She said, You know, you might find a poem in that wall,' and I thought, How would she know that?' The poem is short, written on a small piece of memo paper
  • Raymond Souster gave his life to poetry

      News Source: The Globe & Mail | over 1 year ago
    Story Souster, who died of colon cancer in Toronto at age 91 on Oct. 19, published more than 50 volumes of his own poetry and edited a dozen more. Considered Toronto's unofficial poet laureate, he won the Governor-General's Award for Poetry in 1964,

Al Purdy Blogs

  • The Al Purdy A-Frame – guest post by Duncan Patterson | ...

      Blog Source: | 6 months ago
    On Monday, January 20th, the Al Purdy A-Frame Association is hosting an evening at the Monarch Tavern to raise money for the upgrades and rehabilitation of Al Purdy's hand-made A-Frame house in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County.
  • In Search of Al Purdy: 'The words in the wall' by A.Purdy

      Blog Source: | 6 months ago
    The article includes links which will bring anyone (should there be one) unfamiliar with Al Purdy and his poetry, up to scholar-speed in no time. Duncan includes a reminder about the Monarch Tavern event Monday night, which you can check ...
  • In Search of Al Purdy: Let's stay in touch

      Blog Source: | 6 months ago
    As this blog moves away from documenting local links with Al's poetry (he's not writing any more alas), I am using it to add my voice to all of those who are spreading the word about the A-frame Association and events.To that end, here are a&

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