By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide pointed out Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and was once the single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada was once perceived and portrayed as a chilly, tough, and unforgiving land. this used to be no longer a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth basically reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its monitors of fury. learning its good looks 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 serious within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many topics 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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Jefferys 1945) Certainly, he achieved some recognition in this field. On the occasion of the publication of The Picture Gallery of Canadian History, the Toronto Daily Star editorialized on his accomplishments: "He supplied this newspaper with some of the loveliest drawings that have ever appeared in any Canadian daily . . To look through the Star files of that period is to be impressed with the genius of this illustrator" (Jefferys 1942). It was his early work as a journalistic illustrator that provided Jefferys with both the material and style for his later activities as a historical narrative painter.
NOTES 1 Gabrielle Roy was writing The Tin Flute at about the same time as MacLennan was at work on Barometer Rising. Her novels are generally considered to mark the beginning of modern French Canadian literature, and her landscapes and cityscapes served the same purpose for French Canada as MacLennan's novels did for English Canada. See Jamie Scott's discussion of The Cashier m this volume, chapter 14. 2 The vehement debate among Canadian academics about which writers are to stand above others as "firsts" in the country's literary history will not be settled for some time yet.
The railway line, that tenuous thread which bound Canada to both the great oceans and made her a nation, lay with one end in the darkness of Nova Scotia and the other in the flush of a British Columbian noon. Under the excitement of this idea his throat became constricted and he had a furious desire for expression. (79) For readers only just becoming aware that they lived in a country that could experience simultaneously the full blaze of noon in British Columbia and darkness in Nova Scotia, this was an exciting image indeed.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe