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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 single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada was once perceived and portrayed as a chilly, not easy, and unforgiving land. this was once no longer a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth simply reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening existence itself with its monitors of fury. gaining knowledge of its good looks and hidden assets calls for persistence and perseverance. a couple of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's point of view, 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 matters 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 eastern Canadians.

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London: Chatto and Windus. Kroetsch, Robert. 1982. " In Hugh MacLennan: 1982. Proceedings of the MacLennan Conference. Toronto: University of Toronto, Canadian Studies Programme. MacLennan, Hugh. [1941] 1969. Barometer Rising. New Canadian Library 8. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. Two Solitudes. [1945] 1967. Laurentian Library 11. Toronto: Macmillan. 1948. The Precipice. Toronto: Collins. 1952. " Canadian Author and Bookman 28:2-5. [1959] 1961. The Watch That Ends the Night. Toronto: New American Library of Canada/Signet.

Burant 1984, 121) Eventually, the Desbarats' journals were to reproduce and circulate more than 15,000 images of places, people, and events during their fourteen years of The Kindling Touch of Imagination 31 operation. The age of the mass media had arrived, bringing with it the age of mass imagery. Burant has argued that these developments constituted a veritable revolution in nineteenth-century visual communication that had a significant impact upon the developing consciousness of nationhood: Canadians in the nineteenth century learned to communicate through pictures of every kind.

There is sufficient romantic interest in the story of our nation to make such a state of affairs unwarrantable . . The Story of Canada offers a solution. It is a course in Canadian history, and therefore a connected narrative from the earliest times to the present, stressing equally all parts of the Dominion. 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.

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