Klee Wyck

Klee Wyck is a memoir of Emily Carr’s travels on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, at the beginning of the 20th century.

The title was taken from the name the local people gave Carr, meaning ‘Laughing One’. She is famous as an artist for painting the Totems of the native people and scenes and landscapes of Native Indian life. In Klee Wyck she employs her skill as a diarist to describe not only the Totems and landscape but also the Indian character. The stories focus on the people she met in the villages while traveling, capturing a way of life rich in custom and culture.

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  1. Emily Carr paints with words
    /G. Fine

    Emily Carr paints with words in this wonderful little book about her life. The stories give glimpses into the life and heart of this marvelous painter as she explores the Pacific NW coast in search of Native Totems to paint. A delightful piece of light reading which I like to re explore often.

  2. One of the most amazing persons and such an excellent writer
    /Theodore C. Settle

    One of the most amazing persons and such an excellent writer. Her descriptions of the places she visits and the people she meets along the way are so vivid. she does not write in abstract thoughts but with vivid images. Make sure you also view the book, Emily Carr Country, with photographs by Courtney Milne, of the some of places and totem poles described in Klee Wyck.

  3. Short and not at all simple

    Emily Carr is known in our time as a wonderful, regional Expressionist painter whose subjects are Pacific Northwest landscapes. But as a writer, she intimately reveals the quiet beauty of women's lives in the region. Klee Wyck is a series of perfectly polished vignettes of Carr's encounters. I hear it's required reading in the British Columbia school system. To me, it's essential reading to feel the region.