Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Great Canadian Men of Letters

The Great Canadian Men of Letters

As we have covered the legends of Canadian women in fiction as well as the New Guard, it's only fair to give the Canadian men a shake …
Readers of a certain age are apt to yawn when the term Can Lit is mentioned. We Canadians have a habit of being so hard on … well, Canadians, not just in judging the quality of our homegrown artists’ work, but on promoting that work. That our neighbours to the south are the world’s best at unabashed self-promotion doesn’t help. Nor does our national tendency toward self-effacement, a great quality no doubt, except when it comes to the promoting of things. All this as a defence for why it’s worth heralding five of our greatest male writers and recognizing what remarkable talents this country has produced.

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