Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life
Written by David Stouck
Published by Douglas & McIntyre
Biographer Stouck brings a subtle yet distinct narrative flair to this study of the whirlwind, colorful life of Canada’s most famous architect. The genius behind Simon Fraser University, Roy Thomson Hall, and many other private and public gems was a complicated man with more tragic flaws than a Greek drama. Through deeply sensitive portrayals of Erickson's idealistic philosophy of art, his creative and financial troubles, his charisma, his arrogance, and his sexual identity, Stouck demonstrates the empathy and rigour of a truly fine biographer. His full-length portrait also reveals much about the cultural life and personalities of Vancouver in the 1940s and 50s. This book tells all, and in the telling is a work of art in itself.
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David Hamilton Stouck
was born in 1940 in Beamsville, Ontario and raised on a farm on the Niagara Peninsula. He was educated at McMaster University and the University of Toronto and was employed for 40 years in the English Department at Simon Fraser University where he is now professor emeritus of English. He is a biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize.