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TIFF: A Life of Timothy Findley

Category: Book
By (author): Grace, Sherrill
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Published: August 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 540
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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$ 39.99
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From The Publisher*

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada's foremost writers-an award-winning novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who began his career as an actor in London, England. Findley was instrumental in the development of Canadian literature and publishing in the 1970s and 80s.

During those years, he became a vocal advocate for human rights and the anti-war movement. His writing and interviews reveal a man concerned with the state of the world, a man who believed in the importance of not giving in to despair, despite his constant struggle with depression. Findley believed in the power of imagination and creativity to save us.

Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley is the first full biography of this eminent Canadian writer. Sherrill Grace provides insight into Findley's life and struggles through an exploration of his private journals and his relationships with family, his beloved partner, Bill Whitehead, and his close friends, including Alec Guinness, William Hutt, and Margaret Laurence. Based on many interviews and exhaustive archival research, this biography explores Findley's life and work, the issues that consumed him, and his often profound depression over the evils of the twentieth-century. Shining through his darkness are Findley's generous humour, his unforgettable characters, and his hope for the future. These qualities inform canonic works like The Wars (1977), Famous Last Words (1981), Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984), and The Piano Man's Daughter (1995).

From The Publisher*In this first full biography of award-winning author Timothy Findley, Sherrill Grace uses his diaries and letters, interviews, and archival materials, and examines his award-winning novels, plays, stories, and non-fiction to draw points of departure and development from Findley's life and work.
Review Quote*"A meticulously researched deep dive into a troubled and fascinating life-passionate, engaged, often messy, vastly rewarding."
Review Quote*" superb ... Written with great sensitivity and attention to detail, Grace's comprehensive biography succeeds in giving a complete picture of its subject as an individual and an artist."
Review Quote*Sherrill Grace's meticulously researched biography accesses "Tiff's" extensive personal diaries and dozens of interviews to reveal the stories behind the Timothy Findley we thought we knew. One of Canada's most perceptive literary scholars, Grace explores the genesis of Findley's writing, provides astute analyses of all his fiction, and an illuminating, long overdue reassessment of Findley's acting and playwriting. She traces his personal and artistic friendships with some of the giants of twentieth century culture, from Margaret Atwood to Sir Alec Guinness, and unpacks the complex family history that inspired the work and troubled the man: his loves and hates, his obsessions and neuroses. Findley emerges as not just a great novelist but a talented, dedicated man of the theatre, passionate human rights crusader, and fierce advocate of Canadian arts who went to war against war, political ruthlessness, homophobia and personal betrayal. A powerful, eye-opening portrait of the artist as an anguished man who tried desperately to live by his motto: Against despair. - Emeritus Professor of English and Theatre, UBC, editor of Modern Canadian Plays
Review Quote*Memory and remembering were central to Timothy Findley's life and work-and equally to Sherrill Grace's outstanding biography of the celebrated Canadian author. Drawing impressively and insightfully on a vast archive of letters, photos, journals, diaries, and interviews, and on her own towering talents as one of Canada's foremost literary scholars, Grace presents a compelling portrait of a complex man and brilliant multifaceted writer-himself a master of auto/biography-whose professional and personal experiences tracked the far-reaching changes of late-20th-century Canada's social and cultural landscape.