Flowers of darkness Matt Cohen

ISBN: 9780140092998

Published: 1986

251 pages


Flowers of darkness  by  Matt Cohen

Flowers of darkness by Matt Cohen
1986 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 251 pages | ISBN: 9780140092998 | 4.63 Mb

Matt Cohen studied political economy at the University of Toronto, and taught political philosophy and religion at McMaster University in the late 1960s before publishing his first novel, Korsoniloff, in 1969.His greatest popular success as a writer was his final novel, Elizabeth and After, which won the 1999 Governor Generals Award for English-language Fiction only a few weeks before his death. He had been nominated twice previously, but had not won, in 1979 for The Sweet Second Summer of Kitty Malone and in 1997 for Last Seen.A founding member of the Writers Union of Canada, he served on the executive board for many years and as president in 1986.

During his presidency the Writers Union was finally able to persuade the government of Canada to form a commission and establish a Public Lending Right program. He also served on the Toronto Arts Council as chair of the Literary Division and was able to obtain increased funding for writers. In recognition of this work he was awarded a Toronto Arts Award and the Harbourfront Prize.Cohen died after a battle with lung cancer. A Canadian literary award, the Matt Cohen Prize - In Celebration of a Writing Life, is presented in Cohens memory by the Writers Trust of Canada.He also published a number of childrens books under the pseudonym Teddy Jam.

Cohens authorship of the Teddy Jam books was not revealed until after his death. The Fishing Summer was also nominated for a Governor Generals Award for childrens literature in 1997, making Cohen one of the few writers ever to be nominated for Governor Generals Awards in two different categories in the same year.A film adaptation of his 1990 novel Emotional Arithmetic has been produced by Triptych films starring Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne and Susan Sarandon.

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