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Penguin Black Classics: Klee Wyck

Penguin Black Classics Edition

by (author) Emily Carr

foreword by Susan Vreeland

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Aug 2006
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2006
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Emily Carr’s painting and writing were inspired by her lifelong fascination with Native culture and the landscape of British Columbia that she so cherished.

Klee Wyck, first published in 1941, is a collection of twenty-one sketches that document her experiences with British Columbia’s indigenous people. It won the Governor General’s Award that same year. The title Klee Wyck originated from the nickname given to Carr by one of the Native communities she befriended at Ucluelet. It means "laughing one."

About the authors

Beloved Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr (December 13, 1871—March 2, 1945) was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied art in the U.S., England and France until 1911, when she moved back to British Columbia. Carr was most heavily influenced by the landscapes and First Nations cultures of British Columbia and Alaska. In the 1920s she came into contact with members of the Group of Seven and was later invited to submit her works for inclusion in a Group of Seven exhibition. They named her The Mother of Modern Arts about five years later.

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