A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe

By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe

In 1759, Voltaire in Candide said 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 was once perceived and portrayed as a chilly, demanding, and unforgiving land. this was once now not a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth in simple terms reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its monitors of fury. researching its attractiveness and hidden assets calls for endurance 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 topics are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the paintings 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.

It is written in a simple, The Kindling Touch of Imagination 37 vivid, narrative and dramatic style, emphasizing at all times the romance of incident and character. That is, it is a story. (Wrong 1929, v) These are the key words: narrative, romance, drama. W. JefFerys, RCA," were central: These illustrations are more than decorations. Mr. JefFerys is an artist and a scholar and, through years of research and artistic work, has provided a valuable commentary upon Canadian history from the earliest times to the present.

These were the talents he brought to bear in his several forays into interpretive historical illustration. Thus, Jefferys illustrated the Chronicle of Canada series (1912) and subsequently the new edition of George N. Morang's The Makers of Canada. This was followed by a commission to illustrate two series of American history, The Chronicles of America and The Pageant of America. But his major concern was with Canadian history. In the 1920s, he collaborated with historian George M. Wrong in producing historical texts sponsored by the Ontario and Manitoba departments of Education and published by Ryerson.

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