This groundbreaking book remains one of the finest anthologies of Canadian short fiction ever published, its selections as readable and relevant as they were back in 1960 when first chosen by editor Robert Weaver. Among the 27 stories included here are enduring classics by such early giants of Canadian literature as Frederick Philip Grove, Morley Callaghan, and Sinclair RoThis groundbreaking book remains one of the finest anthologies of Canadian short fiction ever published, its selections as readable and relevant as they were back in 1960 when first chosen by editor Robert Weaver. Among the 27 stories included here are enduring classics by such early giants of Canadian literature as Frederick Philip Grove, Morley Callaghan, and Sinclair Ross; works by writers like Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, and Mavis Gallant, then viewed as relative newcomers, now firmly ensconced in the pantheon of Canadian letters; and stories by Ethel Wilson, Hugh Garner, Joyce Marshall, and others less well-known to twenty-first century readers but whose stories still grip the imagination and tell us something about our country and ourselves.Robert Weaver: IntroductionE.W. Thompson (1849-1924): The Privilege of the LimitsSir Charles G.D.Roberts (1860-1943): StrayedDuncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947): Paul FarlotteStephen Leacock (1869-1944): The Marine Excursion of the Knights of PythiasFrederick Philip Gove (1871-1948): SnowEthel Wilson (b. 1890): Mrs. Golightly and the First ConventionRinguet (b. 1895): The HeritageRaymond Knister (1900-32): Mist-Green OatsThomas H. Raddall (b. 1903): Blind MacNairMorley Callaghan (b. 1903): Last Spring They Came OverMorley Callaghan (b. 1903): A Sick CallLeo Kennedy (b. 1907): A Priest in the FamilySinclair Ross (b. 1908): The Painted DoorRalph Gustafson (b. 1909): The PigeonMalcolm Lowry (1909-57): The Bravest BoatIrving Layton (b. 1912): Vacation in La VoiselleHugh Garner (b. 1913): One, Two, Three Little IndiansJoyce Marshall (b. 1913): The Old WomanW.O. Mitchell (b. 1914): The Owl and the BensP.K. Page (b. 1916): The Green BirdAnne Hébert (b. 1916): The House on the EsplanadeRoger Lemelin (b. 1919): The Stations of the CrossMavis Gallant (b. 1922): The LegacyJames Reaney (b. 1926): The BullyDouglas Spettigue (b. 1930): The HayingAlice Munro (b. 1931): The Time of DeathMordecai Richler (b. 1931): Benny, the War in Europe, and Myerson's Daughter Bella...
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canadian short stories second series Reviews
This was the first of several volumes published over the next several decades, of stories selected by ‘the godfather of CanLit’, Robert Weaver. When he died at the age of 87 in 2008, it was said of him that he was the best friend that the Canadian short story ever had.I picked up the book at a library book sale for $1. It is a small little hardcover, a lovely size to hold in one hand. I have to push my glasses off to read it, holding it myopically close to my face. The font is small and closely packed, the pages thin. Paper must have been more expensive back in 1960. The binding has pulled away from the spine, but the pages are still holding together tightly.Most of these stories were written in the first half of the last century, so struggles against nature, poverty, rigid societal conventions and the Church are prominent. "Freezing to death in a blizzard" happens in two stories -- I can't imagine that plot device appearing in a contemporary Canadian short story. But Sinclair Ross's The Painted Door did have a good twist right at the end.My favourite was Ethel Wilson's story of Mrs Golightly . Set in the 50s, the story starts in Vancouver. An introverted and shy wife dreads accompanying her extroverted husband to a convention. The social pressures of conformity were so intense. Just what is the right type of feather and style of a woman’s hat, that won’t provoke the disdain of other wives? Published in 1960, the youngest authors are still up-and-coming -- Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, Mordecai Richler. It's like looking at old photographs; you can't help but think of all that has come afterward since that picture was taken, and oh how things have changed.It is a historical artifact of another era.
A decent grouping. Read 90%, thus skipping one or two which had little appeal. Particularly enjoyed the Richlers and Faessler.