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This is an auction for two books by Canadian writer MARIAN ENGEL.

They are:

* BEAR (1976; 141 pages)


* INSIDE THE EASTER EGG (1975; 172 pages)

Both books are *** SIGNED ***. review of BEAR:

"Marian Engel, who died in 1985 after a tragic struggle with cancer, was among Canada's most celebrated and beloved novelists. Her last, best known, and most controversial book was BEAR (winner of the Governor-General's Award) in which a mousy, timid librarian is summoned to a remote Canadian island to inventory the estate of Colonel Cary, who, she learns, had any number of secrets. But the most surprising and enduring secret is a pet bear. In thirty pages, the reticent librarian meets the not so reticent bear and ‘wonders if it would be good company’. It is good company indeed. Intimate company. Shocking company.”

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From Wikipedia:

"Marian Engel, OC (1933–1985) was an award-winning Canadian novelist... Her first published novel, No Clouds of Glory, was published in 1968. She also wrote two children's books. Engel's most famous and controversial novel was BEAR (1976), a tale of erotic love between a librarian and a bear. She won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction in 1976 for BEAR. INSIDE THE EASTER EGG (1975) and her posthumous ‘The Tattooed Woman’ (1985) were collections of short stories. In 1981 she wrote the text for a coffee-table style travel book Islands of Canada with photographs by J. A. Kraulis. Engel was an avid journal keeper. Her journals were a repository for memories from which she drew for her fiction..."

These are hardbacks in good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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