Canadian writers, 1890-1920 [electronic resource] :
edited by W. H. New.
Detroit : Gale Research, c1990.
xv, 472 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
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Detroit : Gale Research, c1990.
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"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book."
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-10:
New's foreword establishes the context of Canadian literature for the period in question, and his supplementary reading list leads students to surveys of Canadian literature and criticism. Among the more noted authors included in this volume are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Robert Service, Frederick Philip Grove, and Ernest Thompson Seton. Francophone writers, not so well known in the US, are also included. Nearly 100 authors are covered; of these, fewer than 20 would be of much interest to most undergraduates. The extent of the entries is a clue to the significance of the writers. As with other volumes of the DLB, each entry contains a primary bibliography, a prose narrative, and references for further reading. The illustrations are a useful enhancement and the standard cumulative index helps readers find articles in prior volumes. This volume is the fifth of six planned in the DLB subseries on Canadian writers (see, e.g., CH, May'87, Nov'88). This reviewer's concerns about the earlier volumes still hold true: generally, the numbers of entries that treat "major" writers do not justify the cost of the volumes. Therefore, although this volume is recommended for Canadian libraries and research-level institutions in the US, it is not recommended for smaller college libraries. -M. M. Bohn, University of Nebraska at Omaha
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