The Story of CanLit

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"In the mid-twentieth century, Canadian literature was transformed from a largely ignored trickle of books into an enormous cultural phenomenon that produced Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Mordecai Richler, and so many others. In Arrival, acclaimed writer and critic Nick Mount answers the question: What caused the CanLit Boom?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, House of Anansi Press,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781770892217
Characteristics: 373 pages : illustrations


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Jun 15, 2018

I enjoyed the book and found it to be a good reference for Canadian literature during the Canlit boom period. However, I was disappointed that some authors were not mentioned.
For example, the author discusses Hugh MacLennan in detail, but does not discuss his contemporaries Morley Callaghan and Hugh Garner. The former wrote numerous short stories, which appeared in the "New Yorker," and his novels won a few Governor-General awards. The critic, Edmund Wilson, once called him Canada's most neglected writer. On the other hand, Hugh Garner wrote short stories and novels with a strong working class background; for example, "Cabbagetown." And how about the poet Michael Ondaatje? Barely a mention, if any.

Feb 05, 2018

Entertaing survey of well-known and less well-known writers, both novelsist and poets. Sometimes hard to read due to nonchronological order, more based on themes than timing perhaps, but after a while starts to make sense.

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