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High Hopes: Coming of Age in the Mid-Century (Signed)

Almond, Paul, and Michael Ballantyne

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ISBN 10: 1550223984 / ISBN 13: 9781550223989
Published by ECW Press, Toronto, 1999
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Softcover with French flaps. 8vo. First printing. Book is fresh and clean, with a touch of wear to one edge, a softly bent corner tip, and a bumped corner. SIGNED with a warm inscription by Paul Almond. illustrated throughout. 290 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 74788

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Title: High Hopes: Coming of Age in the Mid-Century...

Publisher: ECW Press, Toronto

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

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As the 20th century reached mid-point, two undergraduates with “high hopes” and a dash of hero worship for things literary dream of setting the post-war world on fire. One hops into an MG roadster and drives expectantly across North America to meet his idol Christopher Isherwood; soon after, he crosses the Atlantic to attend Balliol College, Oxford. The other fights his way up McGill's student ladder to edit their literary magazines, helping to earn his tuition by bruising labour in BC's Forestry Service. In this collection of their letters (including unpublished correspondence from Christopher Isherwood, Sean O'Casey, Patrick Anderson, and other contemporary writers) Paul Almond and Michael Ballantyne have woven journal entries, photographs and other memorabilia together with their present-day reflections to open a bright window on our collective past.

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Paul Almond began his career in 1954 and since then has produced and directed over 100 television dramas for the CBC as well as for companies in the United States and England. He has directed several major motion-pictures including: Captive Hearts, Ups and Downs, Kiss Me Better, Prep School, and The Dance Goes On. A retrospective of Almond's landmark films - accompanied by an audio-visual exhibition - will travel across Canada this Fall. Michael Ballantyne graduated from McGill University in 1952, and later joined the editorial staff of the Montreal Star before accepting a senior editorial position at Reader's Digest. Since 1992 he has worked as a freelance editor, writer, and translator.

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