The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson by Gregory Klages
Was landscape painter Tom Thomson shot by poachers, or by a German-American draft dodger? Did a blow from a canoe paddle knock him unconscious and into the water? Was he fatally injured in a drunken fight? Did he end his life out of fear of being forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend?
Commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the death of renowned Canadian artist, The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson offers an authoritative review of the historical record, as well as some theories you might not have thought of in a hundred years. Cultural historian Gregory Klages surveys first-hand testimony and archival records about Thompson's tragic demise, attempting to sort fact from legend in the death of this Canadian icon.