In this companion volume to his introduction to Canadian fiction, George Woodcock discusses Canada's major poets, from Archibald Lampman and D. C. Scott to Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood. Woodcock indicates his own admiration for particular writers, and his reasons for paying less attention to others. Each volume is written in the fluid, intelligible style for which Woodcock is so well known, and provides snapshot views of Canadian poetry from the beginning of literature to contemporary times.
About the author
George Woodcock (1912-1995) is one of Canada's best-known and most prolific authors. He was born in Winnipeg and educated in England, where he socialized with some of the century's most prominent writers and intellectuals including Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Herbert Read and T.S. Eliot. He returned to Canada in 1949 and taught at the University of British Columbia for many years. In 1959, he founded the journal Canadian Literature. His contribtution to Canadian culture is immeasurable; he either wrote or edited over one-hundred books including The Crystal Spirit, his Governor-Genral's award-winning biography of Orwell; Gabriel Dumont, another bestselling biography; and Anarchism a guide to the political philosophy which continues to be read around the world. His wide range of writing includes literary criticism, poetry, travel writing, plays, social history, biography, politics and essays.
“Overall, Woodcock's Introduction has the virtue of openness in tracing Canadian poetry's development from its colonial beginnings . . . leading into an authentically Canadian literature' over the past sixty years.” —World Literature Today
Other titles by George Woodcock
The Orwell Tapes
Colony and Confederation
Early Canadian Poets and Their Background
This Side Jordan
Walking Through the Valley
Morley Callaghan's More Joy in Heaven
George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Fiction
Power to Us All
Consititution or Social Contract?