|Notable award(s)||Governor General's Award|
|Spouse(s)||Miriam Mandel, Ann Hardy|
|Children||Evie, Charles, Sara|
Mandel was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, to Russian Jewish parents who had emigrated from the Ukraine, and grew up the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression. He got a job working for a pharmacist, who landed him a position serving in Canada's Medical Corps during World War II. Mandel returned a forever emotionally distraught man who was destined to live the rest of his life without a sense of belonging. This helps explain the alienation that is illustrated throughout his writings.
Eli Mandel's first significant collection was entitled Minotaur poems, which appeared in Trio, a 1954 anthology of poems by Mandel, Gael Turnbull, and Phyllis Webb published by Raymond Souster's Contact Press. His 1st book was Fuseli poems, 1960.
Mandel was also an active critic and editor. He published a 1969 monograph on his fellow-poet Irving Layton and in his first anthology, Poetry62/Poesie62(1962, co-edited with Jean-Guy Pilon), he also brought to attention many otherwise unnoticed newcomers of the 1950's such as Al Purdy, Milton Acorn, D.G. Jones and Alden Nowlan.
10 years prior to his death, Eli Mandel's passing would have been significant news; however, because of a series of strokes that left him unable to write, he had long since gone unrecognized.
Mandel's style was contemplative and intellectual - "an ironic poet, rather than an angry one".
He deliberately lacks emotion in his work, which heightens his desired hopeless outlook. This is a central feature in all of his works.
His works seem to have been deeply influenced by World War II, especially all the horrors of the Jewish concentration camps. Despite the lack of direct references to the war until Stony Plain (1973), his work illustrates many grim and morbid images of despair, destruction written with a tone of inescapable pessimism.
Being exceptionally literarily complex, his early works appear to have been written for "a scholarly rather than public audience". However, later, starting with the poetry of Black and secret man (1964), Mandel simplifies the syntax and uses more colloquial language. While the thoughtful view remained as it was in his earlier work, a wittier tone replaced the previously somber one.
Eli Mandel's book, The Family Romance (1986), has been characterized by his quotations from essays on Hugh MacLennan and Northrop Frye's The Great Code. Both excerpts exemplify Mandel's questioning of whatever is viewed as orthodoxy. He refuses to let pass what most people simply accept. In this essay collection, it has been recognized that the first piece, Auschwitz and Poetry, is the most powerful and significant and the last of this series of essays, "The Border League: American 'West' and Canadian 'Region'", seems to be the least successful.
The Other Harmony: the collected poetry of Eli Mandel, is a 2-volume collection in which the first includes works such as Mandel's contributions to Trio, His Fuseli Poems, An Idiot Joy, Stony Plain, and many others. It has been acknowledged as the more noteworthy of the two volumes in terms of its primary material.
Mandel won the 1968 Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama for An Idiot Joy.
- Trio: First poems (by Gael Turnbull, Phyllis Webb, & Eli Mandel). Toronto: Contact Press, 1954.
- Fuseli Poems. Toronto: Contact Press, 1960.
- Black and Secret Man. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1964.
- An Idiot Joy. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1967.
- Crusoe: Poems selected and new Toronto: Anansi, 1973.
- Stony Plain. Erin, ON: Press Porcepic, 1973. ISBN 0-88878-010-9
- Out Of Place: Poems. Erin, ON: Press Porcepic, 1977. ISBN 0-88878-074-5
- Life Sentence: Poems and Journals: 1976-1980. Toronto: Press Porcepic, 1981.
- Dreaming Backwards, 1954-1981: The selected poetry of Eli Mandel. Don Mills, ON: General, 1981. ISBN 0-7736-1091-X
- The Other Harmony: The collected poetry of Eli Mandel (edited by Judy Lea Chapman & Andrew James Stubbs). Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2000. ISBN 0-88977-138-3
- From Room to Room: The poetry of Eli Mandel (edited by Pete Webb). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
- Criticism: The silent-speaking words: eight talks for CBC Radio. Toronto: CBC Publications, 1966.
- Irving Layton (edited by William French). Toronto: Forum House, 1969.
- Another Time. Erin, ON: Press Porcepic, 1977. ISBN 0-88878-077-X
- The Family Romance. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 1986. ISBN 0-88801-103-2
- Poetry 62 (edited with Jean-Guy Pilon). Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1961.
- Five Modern Canadian Poets (edited with Roy Bentley). Toronto: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1970.
- Contexts of Canadian Criticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977.
- Poets of Contemporary Canada. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart (New Canadian Library), 1972.
- Eight More Canadian Poets. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1972.
- A Passion for Identity: Introduction to Canadian studies (edited with David Taras). Toronto & New York: Methuen, 1987.
Audio / videoEdit
- 2001: Celebration: Famous Canadian Poets CD Canadian Poetry Association — ISBN 1-55253-031-0 (CD#2) (with Dorothy Livesay )
- Kizuk, R. Alexander. "Desert Words: Eli Mandel's Poetry" http://www.uwo.ca/english/canadianpoetry/cpjrn/vol49/kizuk.htm
- M. Casey, Diana. "Eli Mandel" Great Neck Publishing
- Frank Davey "Mandel, Eli" The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Eugene Benson and William Toye. Oxford University Press 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Douglas College. 25 October 2010 <http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t201.e993>
- Ronald B. Hatch "Mandel, Eli(as Wolf)" The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English. Ian Hamilton. Oxford University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Douglas College. 25 October 2010 http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t58.e747
- Matthews, Lawrence. "The Martian of Estevan". ECW Press Ltd, 2001
- Ravvin, Norman. University of Toronto Quarterly. North York. Winter 1994. Vol. 64, Iss. 1; pg. 211. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?index=6&did=4595202&SrchMode=2&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1287861921&clientId=6974
- Helwig, Maggie. Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: May 23, 1987. Pg M.4. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?index=2&did=472756041&SrchMode=2&sid=2&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1287860911&clientId=6974
- Boyd, Colin. "Mandel, Eli"The Canadian Encyclopedia © 2010 Historica-Dominion
- Fetherling, Douglas. "Books in Canada". Toronto, 1993. Vol. 22, Iss. 1; pg.56. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?index=5&did=451872451&SrchMode=2&sid=2&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1288212237&clientId=6974&cfc=1
- Querenguesser, Niel. "Canadian Literature". Vancouver: Spring 2003., Iss.176; pg 166. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?index=1&did=358631561&SrchMode=2&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1287859367&clientId=6974
- Sacuta, Norm (13 September 1992). "Eli Mandel, 1922-1992". Edmonton Journal. p. D6.
- ↑ M. Casey, Diana. Eli Mandel. Great Neck Publishing
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sharon Drache, "Mandel, Eli," Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton:Hurtig, 1988), 1290. Print.
- ↑ Kizuk, R. Alexander. "Desert Words: Eli Mandel's Poetry" http://www.uwo.ca/english/canadianpoetry/cpjrn/vol49/kizuk.htm
- ↑ Colin Boyd, "Mandel, Eli," Canadian Encyclopedia Web, July 10, 2006.
- ↑ "Elias (Eli) Wolf Mandel Biography," Estevan, Saskatechewan, Gent-Family.com, Web, Apr. 25, 2011.
- ↑ "Phyllis Webb," Canadian Women Poets, BrockU.ca, Web, Apr. 12, 2011
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- ↑ Matthews, Lawrence. "The Martian of Estevan". ECW Press Ltd, 2001 http://0-web.ebscohost.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/ehost/detail?vid=1&hid=107&sid=71a51de6-f534-45fa-8c81-1e234ce33c48%40sessionmgr113&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=lfh&AN=3964860
- ↑ Fetherling, Douglas. "Books in Canada". Toronto, 1993. Vol. 22, Iss. 1; pg.56. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?index=5&did=451872451&SrchMode=2&sid=2&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1288212237&clientId=6974&cfc=1
- ↑ Querenguesser, Niel. "Canadian Literature". Vancouver: Spring 2003., Iss.176; pg 166. http://0-proquest.umi.com.innopac.douglas.bc.ca/pqdweb?
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "Eli Mandel," Online Guide to Writing in Canada, track0.com, Web, May 1, 2011.
- ↑ Search results = au:Eli Mandel, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Nov. 29, 2014.
- Audio / video
- Eli Mandel in the Canadian Encyclopedia
- Eli Mandel at the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
- Review of From Room to Room at The Bull Calf
- "Desert Words: Eli Mandel's Poetry," review of The Other Harmony, Canadian Poetry.
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