John Wainwright is a member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.
27 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, Canada
John Wainwright earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
6299 South St, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
John Wainwright earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from Dalhousie University.
(A Deathful Ridge rewrites the life and myth of George Mal...)
A Deathful Ridge rewrites the life and myth of George Mallory, who disappeared with Andrew Irvine near the summit of Mount Everest in 1924. Mallory was the greatest climber of his generation, but also a Cambridge graduate and friend of Rupert Brooke, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Robert Graves, and others. He moved in cultural circles that were at the heart of critical reassessments of the old empire but was known among his friends and associates as Galahad. He was elevated to the pantheon of British heroes at his death.
(Universal in scope, yet focusing on recognizable Canadian...)
Universal in scope, yet focusing on recognizable Canadian places, this collection of essays connects individuals' love of nature to larger social issues, to cultural activities, and to sustainable technology. Subjects include activism in Cape Breton, eco-feminism, Native perspectives on the history of humans' relationship with the natural world, the inconsistency of humankind's affinity with nature alongside its capacity to destroy, and scientific and traditional accounts of evolution and how they can come together for the welfare of Earth's ecology.
(Boon, an aging gunfighter, looks back on his time as the ...)
Boon, an aging gunfighter, looks back on his time as the protector of a Mexican village and as a cowboy fighting off rustlers on a Texas cattle ranch. He tells the first story to his son Clay and the second to his grandson Max. Clay grows up to become an unbeaten stud poker player in 1920s New Orleans and Max to be a famous Hollywood actor in the 1950s and 60s. Gradually both of them learn that Boon's personal history might be a fiction designed to disguise his role in a murderous western past. As a result, Clay and Max set off on separate journeys to find the truth about themselves and their violent heritage.
(Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in ...)
Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in the same year to parents with the same first names, grow up together and eventually gain national prominence as authors. But their complex sexual identities undermine their intense private relationship as the years pass, inflicting damage that cannot be undone by their public reputations or the excellence of their fiction and poetry.
John Wainwright earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1969; a Master of Arts in 1973 and a Doctor of Philosophy (cum laude) in Canadian Literature in 1978 from Dalhousie University.
John Wainwright has been an English professor at Dalhousie University since 1979, focusing on modern and postmodern Canadian literature; Native-Canadian Studies; gender studies; multicultural fiction and poetry; intercultural issues, and popular culture. Now he is McCulloch Emeritus Professor in English, who's influences include islands, Lawrence Durrell, Patrick White novels, and Bob Dylan's lyrics.
John Wainwright's first foray into Canadian literature was as editor of an anthology called Notes for a Native Land in 1969 and Soundings: New Canadian Poets in 1970 with Jack Berry Ludwig. In 1987, he published a poetic treatment of Captain Robert Scott’'s final expedition. In Flight of the Falcon: Scott's Journey to the South Pole 1910-1912, Wainwright tells the story of Scott's race to be the first to reach the Pole, his heartbreaking loss to Norwegian Roald Amundsen, and the return trip that finished off Scott and his four fellow explorers.
In A Deathfitl Ridge: A Novel of Everest, Wainwright's first novel, he takes up the theme of another doomed adventurer, George Herbert Leigh-Mallory, who died in 1924 on the slopes of Mount Everest in his third attempt to reach the summit. In Wainwright's retelling, Mallory survives but kills his traveling partner, Andrew Irvine (who actually died with him). To save his heroic reputation, he and the surviving members of the expedition concoct the story of his death, and he returns in secret to live out his days in a small Welsh town.
In A Very Large Soul: Selected Letters from Margaret Laurence to Canadian Writers, Wainwright gives a glimpse of a different kind of pioneer. As a writer and a mentor, Margaret Laurence not only set a standard for excellence in her fiction, she also launched a sort of renaissance for Anglophone Canadian writers, including Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Wainwright himself, many of whom drew inspiration from her works and personal contact with her.
(Universal in scope, yet focusing on recognizable Canadian...)2004
(Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in ...)2020
(Boon, an aging gunfighter, looks back on his time as the ...)2015
(A Deathful Ridge rewrites the life and myth of George Mal...)1997
(A book on the French Resistance during World War II.)2007
John Wainwright is married to Marjorie Stone. They have two sons, Michael and Eric.