How did Tom Thomson die in the summer of 1917?
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 the renowned Canadian landscape painter, 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 Thomson’s tragic demise, attempting to sort fact from legend in the death of this Canadian icon. (Description from the publisher Dundurn Press, 2016)
Dr. Gregory Klages is uniquely situated to address Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s death. In 2007-2008, Klages was Research Director for the website 'Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy'. The site is one of twelve produced by the 'Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History' project. In 2008, the project received the Canadian History Society's Pierre Berton Prize for popularization of Canadian history.