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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

The Ability To Forget

Short Stories

by (author) Norman Levine

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Jan 2003
Short Stories (single author), General
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2003
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In 2002, Norman Levine was awarded the Writers' Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. The award was established to recognize a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer. It is one of the richest literary awards in Canada. Levine is just the second recipient - Mavis Gallant was the inaugural winner, in 2001. This distinguished Canadian short story writer has been writing since 1952. His work has been anthologized and translated into many different languages. His lean, sharply observed stories strip away life's outer layers to reveal the pulsing heart beneath. Norman Levine was born in Ottawa in 1923. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He studied at Carleton College and McGill University after the war, and in 1950 - along with several other Canadian writers, including Mordecai Richler and Mavis Gallant - he moved to Europe, eventually settling in St. Ives, Cornwall. Levine is best known as a short story writer. His work is collected in such volumes as I Don't Want to Know Anyone Too Well (1971), Why Do You Live So Far Away? and Champagne Barn (both 1984), and Something Happened Here (1991). Key Porter published Levine's By a Frozen River as an original collection under the L&OD imprint in 2000.

About the author

Norman Levine was born in Ottawa in 1923. During World War II, he served in the RCAF with a Lancaster squadron based in Yorkshire. He subsequently studied at Cambridge and McGill Universities, receiving his M.A. from McGill University in 1949. In 1949 he was awarded a fellowship to do post-graduate work at King's College, London. He left Canada with the manuscript for his first novel under his arm and spent the next 31 years in England, mainly in St Ives, Cornwall. He returned to Canada briefly from 1965-66 when he was the first writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick.

Norman Levine is the author of 2 books of poetry, Myssium (1948) and The Tightrope Walker (1950); 2 novels, The Angled Road (1952) and From a Seaside Town (1970); and several collections of short fiction, including One Way Ticket (1961), Canada's Winter Tales (1968), I don`t want to know anyone too well (1971), Selected Stories (1975), Thin Ice (1979), Why do you live so far away? (1984), Champagne Barn (1984) and Something Happened Here (1991).

Norman Levine died in 2005.

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