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Corresponding Influence

Corresponding Influence: Selected Letters of Emily Carr and Ira Dilworth

EDITED BY Linda M. Morra
  • Book Info
    Corresponding Influence
    Book Description:

    Emily Carr (1871-1945) is an iconic figure in Canadian culture, known internationally for her painting and her writing, which depicted the extraordinary British Columbia mountain landscape along with its indigenous inhabitants and their cultural iconography. Carr's writing career came later in her life, and as it developed, she met Ira Dilworth, the British Columbia Regional Director for CBC Radio who came to play a significant role in her life.Corresponding Influenceis a collection of selected correspondence the two shared over the life of their friendship.

    Over the years, Dilworth acted variously as Carr's editor, writing agent, sounding board, professional and personal advisor, and most importantly, close friend and confidante. The letters provide a narrative for the latter part of Carr's life and illuminate the impression Dilworth made on the development of her writing. In addition to a critical introduction and annotation throughout, editor Linda Morra has included an unpublished story by Carr called "Small's Gold."Corresponding Influencewill prove essential reading to anyone hoping to understand Emily Carr's extraordinary life and work.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7353-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xiii-2)
  5. Introducation
    (pp. 3-25)

    On Sunday, 31 August 1941, Ira Dilworth, the British Columbia regional dwirector for CBC Radio, wrote warmly to Emily Carr about the friendship they had cultivated over the previous year and a half: 'Our friendship,' he observed, 'is one of those great, rich things in life which seem too great and wonderful to be true. I keep expecting to wake up and find that I have been dreaming.'Carr's sense of their relationship was expressed in equally affectionate terms: 'Love &friendship- big, big things. Yours has meant so much ... soverymuch.'¹ Dilworth was also to become extraordinarily...

  6. Letters: 1940
    (pp. 26-30)

    [Typed] Vancouver, B.C.

    February 29, 1940

    Dear Miss Carr:

    I am returning all your scripts. This I should have done as soon as the fourth talk on the air was completed. We had Dr. Sedgewick¹ leave the scripts each time after he had read them. We have to keep a copy on file at the office of all scripts which are used at the station. These copies are made by our stenographic staff and then filed away and are not open to the public. They are simply kept for reference in case any controversy should arise.

    I do think your...

  7. Letters: 1941
    (pp. 31-87)

    Friday [7 February 1941]

    Dear Mr. Dilworth,

    I expected you yesterday with your friend & you did not come and here's the M.S. - another disappointment - I alwaysthinkthey are going to be better than they are and when they are not, I'm sore. Words on paper show up all slovenliness & ignorance so very plainly. Isn't there a difference in thinking & doing? I think writing isgoodbecause it shows you all sorts of shortcomings you did not know you had. I don't see how anyone who writes could ever feelconceitedunless perhaps he knew...

  8. Letters: 1942
    (pp. 88-186)

    Sunday [4 January 1942]

    Dear Ira

    I thought you would maybe behere yesterday- I thought soharderwhen the morning broughtnoletter for Sunday tho' Ididhave a precious little note with your mother's pillow on Saturday (only noansweringletter forepochsof time. Whymewrite?) when those two lovely children brought it. Young girls are nice.

    Thank you again for the cyclamen[.] It islovely[.] Your mother's pillow touches me[.] All those stitches forme!It has been behind my very sore back ever since but today I shall write to her myself....

  9. Illustrations
    (pp. None)
  10. Letters: 1943
    (pp. 187-254)

    Dear Small:

    I think you had better burn this letter before Emily reads it. It is a crabby, ill - tempered, irritable letter. But, then, Emily said I might howl on her occasionally if I wished - all about stupid people in the CBC and -

    But goodbye, don't be too severe in judging.

    Your loving Guardian

    Vancouver, B.C.

    Jan. 3. 1943

    Dear Emily:

    I have just heard the programme 'Our Canada -the Arts Grows Up.' I just got into the house five minutes before it began. I must say I was very much disappointed in the programme - too...

  11. Letters: 1944
    (pp. 255-286)

    Sunday [ca. 12 January 1944]

    Dear Eye

    You are not a very sympathetic person[,] are you[?] The 'sores and abscesses' you dismiss (after a couple of days ashopingwere quite welllong gone) were a two weeks' solid agony of hot fomentations & laneings [.] I should not have mentioned them only I spose I am particularly shut-off from all human beings & I over-burst to my Trustor. People who have not been through illness cannot tell what it is[,] how should they be able. Alice is the same (except for suffering with her eyes, she has never been...

  12. Letters: 1945
    (pp. 287-300)

    Sunday Jan. 13 [1945]

    Dear oldEye

    What a horrible day yesterday was! I thought of you in that bouncing bag¹ all day [.] I did not know if you left the plane for a stop-over or were going straight through & of course the storm began early in the morning with a great thunder bang & burst of lightening[.] May have been local only[.] Today is calm & I hope you are too. These trips I know are terribly trying to you. How do you manage even aboutdothes[?] You have such restricted luggage & the degrees of temperature...

  13. Last Will and Testament
    (pp. 301-302)

    My dear Eye

    What a blessing you have been in my old age with all my decrepitude. I have loved and trusted you well.

    You know what you have meant to my work and to me. Love is the only coin one can pay back with and I have given that abundantly.

    I enclose a little letter for Alice [.] Please read it to her. I ask you to do these familiar things because you are nearer to me than my own nieces. My work was the biggest thing in my life[.] The nieces never entered into it, you did,...

  14. Appendix A: List of Altered Vocabulary
    (pp. 303-312)
  15. Appendix B: ‘Small’s Gold’
    (pp. 313-318)
  16. References
    (pp. 319-324)
  17. Illustration Credits
    (pp. 325-326)
  18. Index
    (pp. 327-339)