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Naomi Jackson Groves

(?-2001)

Naomi Jackson Groves has been a boon to Penumbra Press, helping to shape Penumbra's sensibility, while proffering an oeuvre that shows remarkable range. As a diarist, opening up the diaries from her youth abroad exploring the intellectual and artistic life of Europe in the 1930's and 1940's. As the author or editor of books about her uncle, Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. ("A courageous little cuss" is how her uncle sized her up, after her wartime travel in waters infested by German submarines.) As the translator of works by Greenland artist and author, Jens Rosing. As the generous spirit encouraging several other Penumbra projects off the ground. She is renowned for her critical writing and translations of German sculptor and dramatist Ernst Barlach.

Naomi Jackson Groves specialized in German and northern languages. Born in Montreal in 1910, she would graduate from McGill University with a B.A. in 1933 and an M.A. in 1935, from Radcliffe College in 1937, and from Harvard with a Ph.D. in 1950. In addition to teaching German at McGill and Carleton Universities, she re-established and headed the Fine Arts Department at McMaster University (1951-57). Active into her tenth decade, she passed away in December of 2001.

Remembering Naomi Jackson Groves ...

Penumbra books:
The Arctic 1927: A.Y. Jackson (Author)
The Unicorn of the Arctic Sea: The Narwhal And Its Habitat (Author)
The Dead Day: Drama in Five Acts (Author)
Ernst Barlach: Life in Work (Author)
One Summer In Quebec: A.Y. Jackson in 1925: A Family View (Author)
The Poor Relation (Author)
A Selftold Life (Author)
The Sky Hangs Low (Author)
Two Jacksons Abroad: 1936 (Author)
Winter Into Summer: Lapland Diary, 1945-1946 (Author)


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