By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide observed Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and was once the only most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada used to be perceived and portrayed as a chilly, challenging, and unforgiving land. this was once now not a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth simply reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening existence itself with its screens of fury. studying its attractiveness and hidden assets calls for persistence and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's standpoint, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously severe within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many matters are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the artwork of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of jap Canadians.
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Whether he liked it or not, he must for a time be something of a geographer, a historian and a Hugh MacLennan 19 sociologist, to weave a certain amount of geography, history and sociology into his novels. Unless he did so, his stories would be set in a vacuum. (1952, 2) MacLennan thus deliberately set out to delineate the geography of Canada for his readers, to give voice to their perceived image of the land, and at the same time to shape their perception of it to his own. W. 4 That he was successful in his self-appointed task is attested to by the immediate and continuing popularity of his early works.
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The Queen's University Lome Pierce Collection includes Jefferys's own copy of Canada's Past in Pictures, which has in it a handwritten plan for his next project. W. Jefferys, Samuel Hearne on His Journey to the Coppermine, 1770, from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History (1945), vol. 2. W. Jefferys, Potash Boiling, from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History (1945), vol. 2. The Kindling Touch of Imagination Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 41 Expansion and development of the West Period preceding, during, and following the First World War and today Eventually published by Ryerson as The Picture Gallery of Canadian History, the first volume appeared in 1942, the second in 1945, and the third in 1950.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe