Raging Like a Fire: A Celebration of Irving Layton

Edited by Henry Beissel and Joy Bennett

An entertaining collection of memoirs, historical and critical essays, letters, poems, and tributes—all honouring one of Canada's finest poets. Irving Layton was one of a handful of Canadian poets that led the charge, in the 1940s and 1950s, which pulled Canadian poetry, kicking and yelling, into the modern age. The freshness of Layton's poems struck a responsive chord; he was iconoclastic, controversial, opinionated, and bigger than life. His vigorous work became the inspiration for a generation of poets. This festschrift includes contributions by Jack McClelland, Ralph Gustafson, John Robert Colombo, Moses Znaimer, David Solway, Roy MacSkimming, Ann Diamond, Elspeth Cameron, Douglas Lochhead, Gary Geddes, Fred Cogswell, Mervin Butovsky, George Woodcock, Wynne Francis, Robert Creeley, and Raymond Souster. Raging Like a Fire honours Irving Layton and celebrates his great passion for literature, and life.

Literary Criticism 1993

Henry Eric Beissel is a writer and editor who has published 16 volumes of poetry, six books of plays, a non-fiction book on Canada, two anthologies of plays intended for use in high schools, and numerous essays and pieces of short fiction. He first came to national attention with the controversial literary/political journal Edge. Beissel has received several awards: the first was the Norma Epstein Award for Creative Writing in 1958 at University of Toronto, the last the Walter-Bauer Literaturpreis, Merseburg [Germany], 1994.
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