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Recommended Reading: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje

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Recommended Reading: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje

House of Anansi Press, 1997

A startling long poem, combining prose passages, photographs, and documentary material about the bizarre life of a western folk hero, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid established Michael Ondaatje as a poet of international recognition.

Billy the Kid died at the age of twenty-two, but his legacy was as wide and as wild as the Old West itself. His was a world of romance and violence, a raw desert where human society was at once intruder and conqueror. And Billy epitomized the dual nature of his time and place: he was a lover as well as a killer, as shy and gentle as he was vicious.

In this remarkable book, Michael Ondaatje conjures up Billy the Kid and the world he lived in, creating not only a powerfully moving portrait but also a more profound myth.

Michael Ondaatje is the author of many internationally celebrated novels. He won the Governor General's Award for The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, and came to Canada in 1962. He lives in Toronto.

From the catalogue. To read more about The Collected Works of Billy the Kid visit the Anansi website.