Phyllis Grosskurth “was a prickly kind of person”

Phyllis Grosskurth

Phyllis Grosskurth

Diana Hall writes:

Bronwyn Drainie, the former editor of the Literary Review of Canada who came to know Grosskurth as a student in one of her English classes in the late 60s, described her friend as an overall “fascinating character”.

“I think it would be quite hard to find people who say they were close to Phyllis, except for her own family. She was a prickly kind of person,” Drainie said. “I think she enjoyed that. She enjoyed being prickly and controversial.”

Grosskurth, who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, was “very charismatic,” according to her son Brian. “People were naturally drawn to her, even though she was a forceful personality — but, you know, an attractive personality,” he said about his mother, who he added always had an active academic and social life.

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