MacEwen, Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn MacEwen, writer (b at Toronto 1 Sept 1941; d at Toronto 29 Nov 1987). A sophisticated, wide-ranging and thoughtful writer, she began her career with the poetry collection The Drunken Clock (1961). Through many other, larger poetry collections - especially The Rising Fire (1963), A Breakfast for Barbarians (1966), The Shadow-Maker (1969, Governor General's Award) and Afterworlds (1987 shortlisted for Governor General's Award) - she displayed a commanding interest in magic and history as well as an elaborate and penetrating dexterity in her versecraft.

Her fiction included 2 novels, Julian the Magician (1963) and King of Egypt, King of Dreams (1971), and a collection of stories, Noman (1972). In addition, she published plays, a translation, a children's book and a travel narrative, Mermaids and Ikons: A Greek Summer (1978), which reminds us of the international outlook and gift for languages obvious in her novels and sometimes in her poems.