Elizabeth Brewster's Poetry
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Elizabeth Brewster - Biography
Elizabeth Brewster was born (Chipman, New Brunswick, Canada) on 26 August 1922 and died on 26 December 2012 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada).
Frederick John and Ethel May (Day), Brewster's parents, had five children and she was the youngest. She was described as a frail child and had a sporadic education. However, from an early age, Brewster was a keen reader. She graduated from high school in 1942 and received a small scholarship to go to the University of New Brunswick. She got a Bachelor of Arts in 1946. After this, she obtained a Master of Arts in 1947 and completed her Ph.D in 1962.
In 1945, Brewster was a founding member of the Canadian literary magazine The Fiddlehead. She was a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, teaching literature and creative writing from 1972 until her retirement in 1990. Over the course of her career, she published twenty poetry books, five fiction books and two memoirs. Brewster received several awards for her work, including: E.J. Pratt Award; Saskatchewan Lifetime Achievement Award (1995); an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick; the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry (2003); a Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2008), the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; and in 2001, she was presented with Canada's highest civilian honour and made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Elizabeth Brewster - 'Where I Come From' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Elizabeth Brewster’s 'Where I Come From'.
'Where I Come From' is about how people are intrinsically linked to certain places; and the mind latches onto key events in one’s life, both urban and rural.
Elizabeth Brewster (26.08.1922 – 26.12.1912) was a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, and academic. Work is characterised by a plain-spoken, poignant style. She spent her childhood in the small logging community of Chipman, New Brunswick and wrote poetry from a young age. Brewster’s early poetry is modernist but with (less typically of modernist work) a colloquial voice. Beneath this tone is deep intellectual thought, often relating to places, tradition, and memory.
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