For the first 3 decades after his return, Glassco lived a semi-reclusive life with Taylor in Québec's Eastern Townships, emerging only after Taylor's death in 1957. His first book, The Deficit Made Flesh (1958), a collection of POETRY, marks the beginning of an unusual and diverse bibliography that includes verse, fiction, erotica, translation and anthologies. Glassco's Selected Poems won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1971. Amongst his fiction is the accomplished completion of Aubrey Beardsley's unfinished novel Under the Hill (1959) and The Fatal Woman (1974), a collection of three erotic tales. Glassco wrote, with customary elegance and wit, what he himself called "aphrodisiac works ... as an article of commerce," the most noteworthy being The English Governess (1960), published by the infamous Olympia Press, and his preferred "cleaner" version Harriet Marwood, Governess (1967). A man who delighted in hoaxes, Glassco published works of poetry and prose he attributed to others imagined or deceased. He was instrumental in laying the foundation of modern TRANSLATION in Canada. Glassco's translations of French Canadian poetry are, along with F.R. Scott's, the finest yet to appear - his greatest achievements being the Complete Poems of Saint-Denys Garneau (1975) and the anthology The Poetry of French Canada in Translation (1970).
Author STEPHEN SCOBIE Revised: BRIAN BUSBY
Links to Other Sites
A Gentleman of Pleasure
See a synopsis of Brian Busby's biography of John Glassco, poet, memoirist, and translator. From McGill-Queen's University Press.
John Glassco's "Memoirs of Montparnasse" inscription to Kay Boyle
Watch a video clip featuring Brian Busby reading John Glassco's inscription in the copy of "Memoirs of Montparnasse" he gave to Kay Boyle. From YouTube.
Morley Callaghan and John Glassco
A brief account of the eventful time Morley Callaghan and John Glassco spent in Paris in the early 1920's, including their encounters with some of the literary giants of that era. From bonjourparis.com.
Literary Translators' Association of Canada
Online career information for students and resources for professional translators in Canada.
John Glassco, an essay and bibliography
A brief synopsis of a book about the capricious Canadian writer John Glassco. From Google Books.
Memoirs of Montparnasse: a Reflection of Myself
A detailed analysis of "John Glassco" artfully invented autobiography "Memoirs of Montparnasse." From the "Canadian Poetry Press.
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