Hailed as a landmark in Canadian literary scholarship when it was originally published in 1965, the Literary History of Canada is now being reissued, revised and enlarged, in three volumes. This major effort of a large group of scholars working in the field of English-language Canadian literature provides a comprehensive, up-to-date reference work. It has already proven itself invaluable as a source of information on authors, genres, and literary trends and influences. It represents a positive attempt to give a history of Canada in terms of writings which deserve attention because of significant thought, form, and use of language.
Volume I comprises Parts I to III of the original edition, and covers the years from the beginning of Canadian literature in English to about 1920.
The contributors to this volume are David Galloway, Victor G. Hopwood, Alfred G. Bailey, Fred Cogswell, James and Ruth Talman, Carl F. Klinck, Edith Gordon Roper, Rupert Schieder, S. Ross Beharriell, Brandon Conron, Elizabeth Waterston, Alec Lucas, John A. Irving, A.H. Johnson, A. Vibert Douglas, and Frank W. Watt.
'Delightfully readable ... Ideal for courses in Canadian literature, the book should be read by every English major. Strongly recommended to all libraries.'
' ... this book performs a rare and valuable service: it relates literature to the culture and history of the land.'
'The variety of theme – there are chapters on history, philosophy, travel books, animal stories, and children's books as well as on the conventional poetry, novels, drama, and belles-lettres – and the freshness and vigour of writing, based for the most part on the original investigations of the authors, combine to produce a volume which is itself an important event in Canadian literary history ... No one can fail to be grateful for the labour and learning which have gone into the production of a remarkable contribution to our cultural and intellectual history.'