The Letters of John Sutherland, 1942-1956

By Bruce Whiteman

The Letters of John Sutherland, 1942-1956
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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, ... Read more


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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 (1942-1956) of great importance in the development of Canadian poetry, 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.

Bruce Whiteman

Bruce Whiteman was born in 1952. He has published many books of poetry and cultural criticism and is well known as a book reviewer. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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