Anne Michaels

Marita Grimwood (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Anne Michaels is a major figure in contemporary Canadian literature. Toronto-based, she began her literary career as a poet but attained extensive international recognition with the publication of her first – and to date only – novel,

Fugitive Pieces


She was born in Toronto in 1958, the youngest of four children, with three older brothers. She grew up with a profound sense of the effect of the Second World War on the city’s immigrant population. Her father came from a Polish-Jewish family and left the Polish-Russian border in 1931 at the age of 13 to settle in Canada. He ran a music shop in Toronto while Michaels was growing up. Michaels studied English at the University of Toronto and went on to compose for theatre, work in arts administration, and teach creative writing. However,

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Citation: Grimwood, Marita. "Anne Michaels". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2005 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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