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Bertram Brooker (1888-1955) was better known as a painter than a writer, yet his first novel, Think of the Earth, won the prestigious Governor General's award. Set in the west, "Think of the Earth" explores the metaphysical quandary of Tavistock, the main character: Is it possible to commit a perfectly innocent murder? Despite the award, the novel was never reprinted and became a rare book, obtainable only through archival copies. Perhaps the book was ahead of its time. It has persisted as an underground classic in the unique tradition of Canadian modernism. Brooker was one of the most remarkable figures in Canadian cultural history. He was an editor, critic, dramatist, novelist, and artist. He was the first Canadian painter to exhibit abstract art, and his paintings hang in every major gallery in the country. He also had a very successful career in advertising, writing three books on the subject that some speculate might have influenced Marshall McLuhan.
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Canadian Brooker's 1936 Think of the Earth was the first title to win the Governor's Award for fiction. Though Brooker was primarily a painter, his first novel involving a murder that never actually takes place did rather well, but it drifted out of print and has become a rarity. This scholarly edition offers notes and a bibliography.
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Book Description Brownbear Press, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1894184009