Sullivan has penned hundreds of essays, memoirs, and travel pieces. This collection brings together the best of these.

Marty GervaisEditor of Black Moss Press

Sullivan is celebrated as a literary biographer… her biographical skill is… displayed in pieces on Atwood… Laurence…and her own ancestors…. I find these essays and those on painters, romantic obsession, the nasty politics at a human rights conference, and travel experiences in Czechoslovakia, France, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico…give a strong impression of her personality as she strikes out for territory without undue concern about scoring intellectual points. The essays show her as a woman of life, not just ideas, and as such admit the reader to intimacies of various subjects.

Keith GarebainThe Globe and Mail
Selected Essays Memory Making

Black Moss Press, 2001.


  • Memory-Making and the Stamina of the Poet
  • Only Insight Gets Us Through: Confessions of a Literary Biographer
  • Meeting in Mexico
  • Alias Margaret: The Radcliffe Years
  • The Centric and Eccentric Debate
  • Wet with Another Life: “Meditations of an Old Woman”
  • Romantic Obsession
  • Prague 1979
  • An Interview with Margaret Laurence
  • Purdy’s Dark Cowboy
  • The Ideal Civil Servant
  • Keeping the Lid on Democracy
  • Christopher Columbus, The Embroideress, and the Man Who Was Buried Standing Up
  • Confessions of an Anthologist
  • The Trail That Led to Me