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Al Purdy was born in 1918, in Wooler, Ontario. He wrote his first poem at the age of thirteen and published his first collection of poetry, "The Enchanted Echo, in 1944. In a writing career that spanned over fifty years, he published over thirty books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs, most recently "Reaching for the Beaufort Sea; and four books of correspondence, including "Margaret Laurence -" Al Purdy: A Friendship in Letters. His final collection of poetry, "Beyond Remembering: The...See more