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House of Anansi Press


Written by David Sharpe

Published January 01, 1987 | ISBN 9781770891708

Cover of Rochdale

Regular price $14.95 CAD

304 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book


David Sharpe

The fascinating story of Toronto’s experimental Rochdale College’s rise and fall, now reissued in a handsome A List edition.

Toronto’s Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbol of the flower-child sixties, a financial and social controversy. In his well-researched and entertaining account, David Sharpe tells the fascinating story of the college’s seven-year rise and fall.

Sharpe examines the contradictions of the Age of Aquarius squeezed into one stark skyscraper on Bloor Street in Toronto. He looks at the financing and the internal government of the college, as well as its creative achievements over the years and its contribution to the community. Rochdale: The Runaway College provides a lively, detailed picture of the day-to-day life of the college residents: the peace parties and joyful live-ins, as well as the police raids and the drug overdoses of the dark days.

About the Author

David Sharpe

David Sharpe is an instructor in the English Department at the University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio.