Contexts and intertexts

Lee Spinks

in Michael Ondaatje

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719066320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703113 | DOI:
Contexts and intertexts

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This chapter introduces Michael Ondaatje, who began his writing career as a poet, first narrating Ondaatje's childhood years and his education at Bishops University. It then shows that the fast changes which occurred in Canada during the 1960s paved the way for a new literary scene that influenced Ondaatje to begin a career as a writer. His first poems were published in New Wave Canada (a major anthology of new wave writing), but it was The Collected Works of Billy the Kid that catapulted him into literary fame. The rest of the chapter is devoted to introducing – and briefly discussing – several of Ondaatje's notable works, including The English Patient.

Keywords: Michael Ondaatje; new wave writing; English Patient; New Wave Canada; Billy the Kid

Chapter.  6941 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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