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I, Bartleby
by Meredith Quartermain

In these quirky, imaginative stories about writing and writers, Bartleby, scrivener (a.k.a. Quartermain), goes her stubborn way haunted by Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Robin Blaser, Daphne Marlatt, and other forebears. Who is writing whom, these stories ask in their musing reflections—the writer or the written? The thinker or the calligrapher?

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