I have written to two of Canada's most knowledgeable literary experts to find out if Constance Beresford Howe (see previous entry) is alive. One has given me an address which he says is old and may or may not be current. The other has replied as follows:
"Beresford-Howe (whom I don't know) is not in my 2007 Who's Who in Canada. If a person's entry disappears from that reference book, it means he or she has died. However, there is no record I can find that she's died. ...I suggest you write her anyway at the address you have and see what happens."
So that is what I have done. I have written to Constance Beresford Howe, who has disappeared from Who's Who in Canada, and it has been two weeks now and my letter has not been returned. Someone has it. In my view, Constance Beresford Howe is one of the best writers Canada has produced. Is she our female Norman Levine, virtually forgotten?
It would have to be "The Book of Eve", the story of a woman who, on getting her first pension check, leaves her husband in the outskirts of suburban hell and moves to a downtown boarding house to fall in love with the questionable upstairs tenant and become a street person with the sensibility of a poet. You will love it and I hope you find a copy. If you don't, let me know and I'll try to round one up for you.
On April 1st, 2009 11:23 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Well now I'm curious - have you found her?
I read those books and loved them back when I was probably too young to understand them. Will look them up now and re-read them.
I'm assuming you've tried M&S? Her author page there says that she divides her time between England and Canada.
I'm hoping to get over to see you read on Thursday - working all that day, but will sneak off if I can.