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Literary Criticism Canadian

The Letter of John Sutherland, 1942-1956

edited by Bruce Whiteman

Publisher
ECW Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1992
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550221701
    Publish Date
    Dec 1992
    List Price
    $25.00

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Description

From the beginning, John Sutherland recognized that his literary gifts lay in criticism rather than in poetry. His independence from the academy and his largely autodidactic training gave him a unique perspective as a critic of Canadian literature. What these letters document, beyond a purely personal struggle, is a period of great importance in the development of Canadian poetry (1942–1956), and it is above all the nuts and bolts of that development that they bring into keen relief: the economics of publishing books and literary magazines in the days before The Canada Council, and the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of trying wholly to live a life in literature at that time.

About the author

Bruce Whiteman is a Canadian poet and writer living in Los Angeles. He is the author of many books of poetry, including Visible Stars: New and Selected Poems (1995), Tristia, and XXIV Love Poems (2002). He regularly writes reviews for Canadian and American journals, and his scholarly books include Lasting Impressions: A Short History of English Publishing in Quebec (1994) and J.E.H. Macdonald (1995).

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