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Mary Swann

Mary Swann

(1987)
(Swann)
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"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped - in total command of itself and its language."
Margaret Atwood


Mary Swann, a sort of Canadian Emily Dickinson, submitted a paperbag full of poems to newspaper editor Frederic Cruzzi just hours before her husband hacked her to pieces. Who is Mary Swann? And how could someone in all ways completely isolated have produced these works of genius? The pedant misogynist and Mary Swann's biographer, Morton Jimroy is determined to prove that her work shows a debt to T S Eliot. But the local librarian, timid Rose Hindmarch, whose life up until now has held no excitement, know that Mary Swann only read trash and that the library didn't even have T S Eliot's work on the shelves. To stay in the limelight, however, she'll say whatever is required. Frederic Cruzzi tries to understand the motive. And he should know. Sarah Maloney, who made a name for herself as a young feminist scholar, is intent of discovering a clue to Mary Swann in the poet's domestic notebooks. But there is nothing there except the entirely mundane. Anyway, Sarah is coming to recognise a conflicting and powerful pull of domesticity in herself. Four flawed individuals, but all with some self knowledge, who find in Mary Swann the key to the fulfilment of their needs, but understand Mary Swann herself not at all. Perhaps only we the reader understand what there is to know, what it is possible to know.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1996 : Hardback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0679307710 / 9780679307716 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
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1996 : Hardback
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 185702592X / 9781857025927 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 1990 : Hardback
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1872180027 / 9781872180021 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 1989 : Hardback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 067082822X / 9780670828227 (USA, AU, or UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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January 1987 : Hardback
Title: Swann; a Mystery
Author(s): Carol. Shields
ISBN: 0773720928 / 9780773720923 (Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Stoddart
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : Paperback
Title: Swann: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1480459844 / 9781480459847
Publisher: Open Road Media
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January 2007 : Perfect Paperback
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 8888700919 / 9788888700915
Publisher: Voland
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February 2000 : Paperback
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1841154202 / 9781841154206 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 1997 : Paperback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0006550606 / 9780006550600 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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October 1996 : Paperback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0679307877 / 9780679307877 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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February 1992 : Paperback
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0586091513 / 9780586091517 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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June 1994 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 2869307853 / 9782869307858
Publisher: Rivages
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January 1987 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0773672354 / 9780773672352 (Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Stoddart
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Audio Editions

September 1998 : Audio Cassette
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0140863583 / 9780140863581 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio USA
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July 1996 : Audio Cassette
Title: Mary Swann (Reed Audio)
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1860219861 / 9781860219863 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : Kindle edition
Title: Swann: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: B00GXSG6Z6
Publisher: Open Road Media
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November 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: B005Z4SNEQ
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: B0055DZI0Y
Publisher: Carol Shields Literary Trust
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January 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: B004IWRDCE
Publisher: Carol Shields Literary Trust
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