|Title:||In Search of Myself|
|Publisher:||The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited|
|Tags:||autobiography, Canadiana, Governor General's Literary Award, non-fiction, New Canadian Library|
In Search of Myself, in part a sequel to Grove's A Search for America (1927), was ostensibly autobiographical, but the self Grove sought was a complicated one. As a cultivated European immigrant, Grove looked back on his life and attempted to explain and justify his failure to realize his youthful promise and attain his early dreams. The book begins with an account of his affluent childhood and reckless youth among the artistic and literary members of European society. This golden past is sharply contrasted with Grove's adventures as a menial itinerant worker in the U.S.A., and finally with his poverty-stricken, isolated life as an immigrant teacher, lecturer, writer and part-time farmer in the uncongenial Canadian wilderness.
The book won the Governor General's Award for nonfiction in 1946, but the presence of puzzling inconsistencies and omissions eventually led Canadian scholar D.O. Spettigue to investigate Grove's self-revelations.--goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Grove, Frederick Philip
Frederick Philip Grove (1879-1948) was a Canadian author, teacher, and translator. Born Felix Paul Berthold Friedrich Greve in Randomno, Germany, he was raised in Hamburg and attended university in Bonn and Munich. Initially he made a bare living translating books into German and published a few poems but he left Germany in 1909 due to debt problems and changed his name to Frederick Philip Grove. He started teaching in Manitoba but the writing itch still affected him. He published his first English language novel, "Over Prairie Trails" in 1922 and decided to quit teaching and devote the rest of his life to writing. He published about a dozen books including "In Search of Myself" in 1946 which won a Governor General's Award. Largely neglected during his life, his body of work has been the subject of several books and theses in the time since his death in 1948. (Canadian Encyclopedia)
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