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MacEwen, Gwendolyn 1941-1987

Overview
Works: 191 works in 407 publications in 3 languages and 4,953 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Poetry  Periodicals  Legends  Musical settings  Biography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Signer, Translator, Editor, Interviewee, Performer, Other
Classifications: PA3975.T8, 882.01
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Gwendolyn MacEwen
Noman by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1985 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories
The shadow-maker by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and French and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems
Magic animals : selected poems old and new by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

7 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gwendolyn MacEwen by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fire-eaters by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The T.E. Lawrence poems by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King of Egypt, king of dreams; a novel by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writing to poet Al Purdy, MacEwen confessed she wanted her second novel to be "bulky, readable, and not overly mysterious." Unlike in Julian, however, here MacEwen sets out to write a serious novel that also functions as entertaining historical fiction. The novel's hero is Akhenaton, Pharaoh of Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty, who was the first ruler to introduce the idea of monotheism. As Rosemary Sullivan remarks in her biography of MacEwen, he was, like Julian, "one more human being filled with the god-lust." Akhenaton's single-mindedness in his quest for his own brand of reason is a paradoxical distillation of the artistic temperament: originality, fertility and beauty set against death and despair and an inability to love. With an afterword by the author's sister."--Jacket
The armies of the moon by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian, the magician; a novel by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

13 editions published between 1935 and 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"MacEwen described what she set out to achieve as a "sort of powerful poetic mad half-abandoned prose somewhere between [Kenneth] Patchen and Virginia Woolf." Set in a medieval past that has distinctly modern overtones, the novel is about Julian, a young man who believes he is Christ. Wandering the countryside in a horse-drawn wagon, Julian learns "to suspend logic like a whale on a thread." He becomes a master of alchemy, performing "miracles" like curing the mad and changing water into wine. When his rapt audiences begin to lose faith, Julian must pay with his life. MacEwen skillfully implies a relationship between alchemy, miracles and belief, and the art forms she is engaged in herself, poetry and prose. What is the price the writer-magician must pay to engender belief in her audience? Is something true merely because we believe it? With an afterword by the author's sister."--Jacket
The Trojan women by Euripides( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As bleak and agonizing a portrait of war as ever to appear on the stage, The Trojan Women is a masterpiece of pathos as well as a timeless and chilling indictment of war's brutality
Afterworlds by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mermaids and ikons : a Greek summer by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A breakfast for barbarians by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

6 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noman's land : stories by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Honey drum : seven tales from Arab lands by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Trojan women : a play by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earthlight, 1963-1982 : selected poetry of Gwendolyn MacEwen by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magic animals : selected poetry of Gwendolyn Macewen by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rising fire; [poems] by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

5 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The birds : a modern adaptation of Aristophanes' comedy by Gwendolyn MacEwen( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The T.E. Lawrence poems
Alternative Names
Gwendolyn MacEwen Canadian writer

Mac Ewen Gwendolyn 1941-1987

MacEven, Gwendolyn.

MacEven, Gwendolyn 1941-

MacEven, Gwendolyn 1941-1987

MacEwen, Gwendolyn Margaret.

Mc Ewen Gwendolyn 1941-1987

McEwen, Gwendolyn

McEwen Gwendolyn 1941-1987

Макьюэн, Гвендолин

Languages
English (199)

German (1)

French (1)

Covers
The T.E. Lawrence poemsKing of Egypt, king of dreams; a novelJulian, the magician; a novelThe Trojan womenShadow maker : the life of Gwendolyn MacEwenThe Gwendolyn poemsGwendolyn MacEwen and her works