When Canadian Literature Moved To New York

By Nick Mount

© 2005

Canadian literature was born in New York City. It began not in the backwoods of Ontario or the salt flats of New Brunswick, but in the cafés, publishing offices, and boarding houses of late nineteenth-century New York, where writing developed as a profession and where the groundwork for the Canadian canon was laid. So argues Nick Mount in When Canadian Literature Moved to New York.

The last decades of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary exodus from English Canada, draining the country of half its writers and all but a few of its contemporary and future literary celebrities. Motivated by powerful obstacles to a domestic literature, most of these migrants landed in New York - by the 1890s the centre of the continental literary market - and found for the first time a large, receptive literary market and recognition from non-Canadian publishers and reviewers.

While the expatriates of the 1880s and 1890s - including Bliss Carman, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Palmer Cox - were recognized for their achievements in Canada, the domestic literature they themselves spurred into existence rekindled a nationalist imperative to distinguish Canadian writing from other literatures, especially American, and this slowly eliminated most of their work from the emerging English Canadian canon. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is the story of these expatriate writers: who they were, why they left, what they achieved, and how they changed Canadian literary history.

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  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is the story of these expatriate writers: who they were, why they left, what they achieved, and how they changed Canadian literary history.

When Canadian Literature Moved To New York

By Nick Mount

© 2005

Canadian literature was born in New York City. It began not in the backwoods of Ontario or the salt flats of New Brunswick, but in the cafés, publishing offices, and boarding houses of late nineteenth-century New York, where writing developed as a profession and where the groundwork for the Canadian canon was laid. So argues Nick Mount in When Canadian Literature Moved to New York.

The last decades of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary exodus from English Canada, draining the country of half its writers and all but a few of its contemporary and future literary celebrities. Motivated by powerful obstacles to a domestic literature, most of these migrants landed in New York - by the 1890s the centre of the continental literary market - and found for the first time a large, receptive literary market and recognition from non-Canadian publishers and reviewers.

While the expatriates of the 1880s and 1890s - including Bliss Carman, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Palmer Cox - were recognized for their achievements in Canada, the domestic literature they themselves spurred into existence rekindled a nationalist imperative to distinguish Canadian writing from other literatures, especially American, and this slowly eliminated most of their work from the emerging English Canadian canon. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is the story of these expatriate writers: who they were, why they left, what they achieved, and how they changed Canadian literary history.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Nick Mount is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1 Lamentations

    In the Camp of the Philistines
    The Continental 'We'
    Modern Alexandria

    2 Agents of Modernism
    Supplementary Adam
    Will Roberts and the Literary Digest
    Laughing It Off
    Palmer Cox, the Brownie Man

    3 Living the Significant Life
    The Apostle of the Vagabonds
    Saint Craven of Harlem
    The Ascent and Fall of Stinson Jarvis
    Thinking New Thoughts
    The Making of Almon Hensley

    4 The New Romantics

    Wolf Thompson, Wilderness Prophet
    Now for the Killing: Edwyn Sandys
    'Three Musketeers of the Pen'
    A Solomon of Little Syria
    The Bewitchment of Charles G.D. Roberts

    5 Exodus Lost


    Notes
    Selected Bibliography
    Acknowledgments
    Illustration Credits
    Index

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