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The Proper Lover


by (author) William Gough

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 1986
Canadian, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 1986
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The Proper Lover is the first collection of poems by William Gough. It is unlikely to be his last. Here is a poet who speaks with a mature, recognizable voice about subjects of interest. This collection will win for the author a following in poetry to match that in fiction earned by his novel Maud’s House published by Breakwater Books and now in its second printing. The poems in The Proper Lover recall the author’s upbringing in Newfoundland. They look back with nostalgia and wry humour on events in the past and then go fast forward into the Toronto present to savour the everyday pleasures of adult life.

About the author

William Gough is a poet and novelist. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Maud's House, Chips & Gravy and The Proper Lover. He is an award-winning television producer and screenwriter as well as an accomplished lyricist. He now resides in Victoria, BC, with his wife, the artist and writer Caren Moon.

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