Literary Subterfuge in John Glassco's Memoirs of Montparnasse

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Author/collaborator
Title
Literary Subterfuge in John Glassco's Memoirs of Montparnasse
Abstract
Based on the difference between the holograph manuscript and the published book, the author demonstrates that Montreal poet and translator John Glassco (1909-1981) invested his 'Memoirs of Montparnasse' with literary subterfuge, transforming it from a memoir into an autobiographical novel. In 'Memoirs of Montparnasse', published in 1970, Glassco chronicles his youthful adventures and encounters in Paris between 1928 and 1932 with such celebrities as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway. The manuscript on which the published book is based was written by Glassco during his convalescence from tuberculosis in Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital after his return home. The author argues that fictional transformation pervades the published book compared to the manuscript to the degree that it cannot be considered a memoir.
Type
Master's thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
1984
# of Pages
iv-147p.
Language
en
URL
Citation
Kokotailo, Philip. “Literary Subterfuge in John Glassco’s Memoirs of Montparnasse.” Master’s thesis, McGill University, 1984. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/-?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=65296&silo_library=GEN01.
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