E.J. Pratt : the master years, 1927-1964 /
David G. Pitt.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1987.
xviii, 555 p., [18] p. of plates : ill., ports.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1987.
general note
Black cloth boards lettered in silver. White illustrated dust jacket printed in red, grey and black.
local note
Victoria University Library Pratt Collection copy has dust jacket.
catalogue key
Gift to Victoria University Library. Pratt, Florence.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [521]-527) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09-01:
E.J. Pratt lived as many lives as a Newfoundland fisher family's favorite cat. He was a student, a minister, a professional psychologist, a school teacher, and a poet, eventually celebrated as the greatest of his age in Canada. Northrop Frye and Sandra Djwa have written about Pratt, and Pitt is a member of the group of scholars preparing the definitive edition of the collected works. In 1984 he published E.J. Pratt: The Truant Years (CH, Feb '85), a possibly extravagant treatment of this rich character from this poor (but only in money) part of Maritime Canada. The second volume takes Pratt through his middle years, which Pitt, a retired professor at Memorial University, calls "The Master Years." They seem grand times indeed, as Pratt earned and took his place among the first modern Canadian editors, poets, and critics; established communications with important scholars and dear friends; and generally took over the chief position as master of poetry in English. It is a position that his friend Frye would recognize in his own life, but a position that the mosaic of Canadian literary and intellectual life would never again offer to any one poet. A thousand pages on one poet: one is reminded of Lawrance Thompson's never-finished road to Robert Frost's life, and the same questions of proportion, significance, and conception of the genre of biography arise. But while one entertains them, this book can fill a score, or more, of cold wintry evenings for students of Canadian and Commonwealth literature. Levels: graduate and undergraduate. R. H. Solomon University of Alberta
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Choice, September 1988
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