Barbara Gowdy, Mister Sandman

Dana Medoro (University of Manitoba)
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In 1995, with the publication of

Mister Sandman

, her fourth book and third novel, Barbara Gowdy confirmed her position among Canada's most talented living writers. From the

Globe and Mail

to the

New Yorker

, reviews of the novel praised the ingenuity and complexity of its humour, characters, and composition. A finalist for the Trillium Award, and named “Book of the Year” in the

Times Literary Supplement

by Margaret Atwood,

Mister Sandman

secured Barbara Gowdy the 1996 Marian Engel Award, a ten-thousand dollar prize given once a year to a Canadian woman author for outstanding prose in a body of work.

Maclean's Magazine

predicted that the novel would “catapult this rising literary star into a whole new orbit of fame and regard.” Within a year of its North American release,


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Citation: Medoro, Dana. "Mister Sandman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 December 2003 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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