Barbara Gowdy: Mister Sandman (957 words)

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 …

Citation: Medoro, Dana. "Mister Sandman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 December 2003 [, accessed 17 May 2021.]

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