The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture
Published: January 2012© 2011
352 Pages, 6.30 x 9.30 x 1.15 in
Fifth Business and Alligator Pie. Stephen Leacock, Grey Owl, and Morley Callaghan: these treasured Canadian books and authors were all nurtured by the Macmillan Company of Canada, one of the country's foremost twentieth-century publishing houses. The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada is a unique look at the contribution of publishers and editors to the formation of the Canadian literary canon.
Ruth Panofsky's study begins in 1905 with the establishment of Macmillan Canada as a branch plant to the company's London office. While concentrating on the firm's original trade publishing, which had considerable cultural influence, Panofsky underscores the fundamental importance of educational titles to Macmillan's financial profile. The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada also illuminates the key individuals including Hugh Eayrs, John Gray, and Hugh Kane whose personalities were as fascinating as those of the authors they published, and whose achievements helped to advance modern literature in Canada.
1 The Rise of Macmillan 1905-1921: Frank Wise
2 The Triumphant Second Reign 1921-1940: Hugh Smithurst Eayrs
3 Interregnum 1940-1946: Ellen Elliott
4 The Resplendent Reign 1946-1969: John Morgan Gray
5 The Final Reign 1969-1976: Hugh Pyper Kane
6 Editorial Coda 1974-1986: Douglas Maitland Gibson
‘Panofsy has traced the threads of the stories from Toronto to London and New York and back again, and as a result the reader is provided with a coherent and enlightening picture of Macmillan and Company in Canada.’ Chester Gryski, Amphora: The Journal of Alcuin Society, vol 161: Summer 2012
‘Panofsky has produced a valuable and insightful account of the way handful of visionary men worked hard to shape a Canadian Literary style and self-image.’ Charlotte Gray, Canada’s History Magazine February-March 2013
‘As a guide for “mapping culture” this readable book is a must for anyone interested in book history in Canada. It describes a venerable life: Macmillan of Canada, born December 1905 – died June 2002.’George L. Parker, Papers of the Bibliographic Society of Canada vol 50:02; 2012
‘Ruth Panofsky’s history of Macmillan Canada in meticulously documented… It is pleasurably readable… The book has held the pride of place in my bedside reading, and is certainly an important contribution to the growing literature on the history of Canadian publishing.’Misao Dean, Canadian Literature Autumn 2014