The Book of Small

The Book of Small

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Baker & Taylor
Drawn from the late author's childhood experiences in Victoria, British Columbia, this collection of thirty-six stories centers around her frontier beginnings and a cast of unforgettable characters, including friends, family, neighbors, elegant socialites, and saloon ruffians. Original.

Perseus Publishing
The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as an author, writing seven popular books that were also critically acclaimed about her journeys to remote Native communities and her life as a child in tumultuous Victoria, British Columbia at the start of the 20th century. A Book of Small collects 36 stories based on her frontier beginnings and stars a colorful cast of friends, family, neighbors, and strangers, from genteel socialites to saloon ruffians ? all seen through the eyes of a curious, irrepressible girl. A constant throughout the book is Father, an unforgettable eccentric whom Carr portrays with telling humor. Carr's writing is as highly regarded today as when she was first published. In print continuously since its first publication in 1942, A Book of Small appears here with a fresh new design and an introduction by Sarah Ellis that offers historical and literary context for the book and its author.

The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as an author, writing seven popular books that were also critically acclaimed about her journeys to remote Native communities and her life as a child in tumultuous Victoria, British Columbia at the start of the 20th century. A Book of Small collects 36 stories based on her frontier beginnings and stars a colorful cast of friends, family, neighbors, and strangers, from genteel socialites to saloon ruffians ? all seen through the eyes of a curious, irrepressible girl. A constant throughout the book is Father, an unforgettable eccentric whom Carr portrays with telling humor. Carr's writing is as highly regarded today as when she was first published. In print continuously since its first publication in 1942, A Book of Small appears here with a fresh new design and an introduction by Sarah Ellis that offers historical and literary context for the book and its author.

The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as an author. She wrote seven popular, critically acclaimed books about her journeys to remote Native communities and about her life as an artist?as well as her life as a small child in Victoria at the turn of the last century.

The Book of Small is a collection of 36 short stories about a childhood in a town that still had vestiges of its pioneer past. With an uncanny skill at bringing people to life, Emily Carr tells stories about her family, neighbours, friends and strangers?who run the gamut from genteel people in high society to disreputable frequenters of saloons?as well as an array of beloved pets. All are observed through the sharp eyes and ears of a young, ever-curious and irrepressible girl, and Carr’s writing is a disarming combination of charm and devastating frankness.

Carr’s writing is vital and direct, aware and poignant, and as well regarded today as when she was first published to both critical and popular acclaim. The Book of Small has been in print ever since its publication in 1942, and, like Klee Wyck, has been read and loved by a couple of generations.


Book News
Artist Emily Carr's name for herself as a child was "Small," and this is a book of anecdotes about her life as a young girl in British Columbia. It won acclaim when first published in 1942, and has been in print since then. This re-issue includes a foreword by Sarah Ellis. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre ; [Berkeley] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2004
ISBN: 9781926706054
1926706056
Characteristics: 1 online resource (206 p.) : ill

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Mar 15, 2016

Tender but not nostalgic, and a bit quaint, this little book of childhood reminiscences is a tiny delight. Sentences like "yellow eyes of musk blossoms peeped from crannies" (page 92) peep up every two or three pages.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

“Small roamed beach and woods, the dog with her always. Owning him was better even than she had dreamed.” Who was Small? She was the embodiment of Emily Carr’s childhood—a phantom child. In this collection of vignettes, the reader sees life in Victoria, BC, at the end of the last century, as observed by a little girl of intense imagination. Delightful and memorable storytelling.

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