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Mary Swann

(1987)
(Swann)
A novel by

 
 
Mary Swann, a sort of Canadian Emily Dickinson, submitted a paperbag full of poems to newspaper editor Frederic Cruzzi just hours before her husband hacked her to pieces. Who is Mary Swann? And how could someone in all ways completely isolated have produced these works of genius? The pedant misogynist and Mary Swann's biographer, Morton Jimroy is determined to prove that her work shows a debt to T S Eliot. But the local librarian, timid Rose Hindmarch, whose life up until now has held no excitement, know that Mary Swann only read trash and that the library didn't even have T S Eliot's work on the shelves. To stay in the limelight, however, she'll say whatever is required. Frederic Cruzzi tries to understand the motive. And he should know. Sarah Maloney, who made a name for herself as a young feminist scholar, is intent of discovering a clue to Mary Swann in the poet's domestic notebooks. But there is nothing there except the entirely mundane. Anyway, Sarah is coming to recognise a conflicting and powerful pull of domesticity in herself. Four flawed individuals, but all with some self knowledge, who find in Mary Swann the key to the fulfilment of their needs, but understand Mary Swann herself not at all. Perhaps only we the reader understand what there is to know, what it is possible to know.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped - in total command of itself and its language." - Margaret Atwood


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Hardback Editions

November 1996 : UK Hardback

Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-85702-592-X / 978-1-85702-592-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
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March 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-679-30771-0 / 978-0-679-30771-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada
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August 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-872180-02-7 / 978-1-872180-02-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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July 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-670-82822-X / 978-0-670-82822-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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1987 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-7737-2092-8 / 978-0-7737-2092-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Stoddart
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : Paperback
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Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 9462380910 / 978-9462380912
Publisher: WORLD EDITIONS
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Swann: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-4804-5984-4 / 978-1-4804-5984-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-84115-420-2 / 978-1-84115-420-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-00-655060-6 / 978-0-00-655060-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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October 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-679-30787-7 / 978-0-679-30787-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
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February 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-586-09151-3 / 978-0-586-09151-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swann (King Penguin)
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-14-013429-8 / 978-0-14-013429-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1989 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Swan
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-7736-7406-3 / 978-0-7736-7406-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Stoddart Publishing Co.
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1987 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-7736-7235-4 / 978-0-7736-7235-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Stoddart
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-5318-2052-2 / 978-1-5318-2052-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Swann: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Shields
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 1998 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 0-14-086358-3 / 978-0-14-086358-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio USA
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July 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Mary Swann (Reed Audio)
Author(s): Carol Shields
ISBN: 1-86021-986-1 / 978-1-86021-986-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mary Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
Publisher: World Editions
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December 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Swann: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Shields
Publisher: Open Road Media
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January 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Swann
Author(s): Carol Shields
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon CA