A playful, feminist revisioning of a historical literary figure, this part poetry collection, part biography reimagines August Strindberg?the misanthropic, misogynistic, hotly debated master of modern theater and a contemporary of Ibsen?as a woman playwright living as a man. In mixing prose and poetry of various forms from different historical periods this work presents a loving portrait of Strindberg and Europe in the late 19th century. Capturing the essence of the Enlightenment and the shift in power between the faith of the church and the facts of science, this book highlights the flaws of human nature with a beautiful, loving light.
Natalee Caple is a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary. She is the author of The Heart Is Its Own Reason, Makerel Sky, A More Tender Ocean, and The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
"In Caple's poems, the writer, alchemist, journalist, librarian, painter, father, servant's son and husband is pieced together, ironically and tenderly, anew....Through lists, found poems, timelines, letters, stage plays and lyrics, Caple divines an evocative collection as undecided and evolving in form and tone as Strindberg himself." “Winnipeg Free Press