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Jack Hodgins

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(1938– ), Canadian novelist and short-story writer, born on Vancouver Island, educated at the University of British Columbia. Hodgin's fiction shows the influence of Latin ...

Hodgins, Jack

Hodgins, Jack (b. 1938)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...Hodgins has also written the children's book Left behind in Squabble Bay ( 1988 ), the travel narrative Over forty in Broken Hill: unusual encounters in the Australian outback ( 1992 ), and the textbook A passion for narrative: a guide for writing fiction ( 1994 ). He has edited three school anthologies: Voice and vision ( 1972 ) with W. H. New , The frontier experience ( 1975 ), and The west coast experience ( 1976 ). See David Jeffrey , Jack Hodgins and his works (1989) and J. R. (Tim) Struthers, ed., On coasts of eternity: Jack Hodgins'...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Jack ( 1938–  ) Canadian novelist and short-story writer Spit Delaney's Island ( 1976 ) Fiction Short Stories The Invention of the World ( 1977 ) Fiction The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne ( 1979 ) Fiction The Barclay Family Theatre ( 1981 ) Fiction Short Stories Beginnings: samplings from a long apprenticeship: novels which were imagined, written, re-written, submitted ( 1983 ) Fiction The Honorary Patron ( 1987 ) Fiction Left Behind in Squabble Bay ( 1988 ) Children's Fiction Innocent Cities ( 1990 ) Fiction Over...

Hodgins, Jack

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Jack ( 1938–  ), Canadian novelist and short-story writer , born on Vancouver Island, educated at the University of British Columbia. Hodgin's fiction shows the influence of Latin American magic realism , but expresses a strong sense of regional cultural identity. Like much contemporary Canadian fiction, his novel The Invention of the World ( 1977 ) dramatizes a quest for origins; employing a broad range of narrative modes, it examines the Irish roots of a Vancouver Island community, showing how its mythic inheritance has been based on the...

Jack Hodgins

Jack Hodgins  

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(1938– ),Canadian novelist and short-story writer, born on Vancouver Island, educated at the University of British Columbia. Hodgin's fiction shows the influence of Latin American magic realism, but ...
Edna Alford

Edna Alford  

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(b. 1947).Born and raised in the village of Turtleford, Saskatchewan, she was educated at Adam Bowden Collegiate, Saskatoon, and awarded scholarships to attend the Saskatchewan Summer School of the ...
Sunshine sketches of a little town

Sunshine sketches of a little town  

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(1912).This has remained the most popular of Stephen Leacock's books. Set in Mariposa, a typical small Ontario town, it was closely based on Orillia, where Leacock had his summer ...
Howard O'Hagan

Howard O'Hagan  

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(1902–82).He has been called ‘the writer Canadian literature forgot’. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, he received a degree in law from McGill University in 1928 and while in Montreal began ...
British Columbia

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Canada's westernmost province is a mosaic of diverse landscapes noted for its spectacular scenery of snow-capped mountains, pocket deserts, coastal rainforest, and scenic rivers. While 46 First ...
Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock  

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(1869–1944),Canadian political economist and humorist. He wrote many volumes of collected humorous essays and stories, including Literary Lapses (1910) and Nonsense Novels (1911).
Alford, Edna

Alford, Edna (b. 1947)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...Edna ( b. 1947 ). Born and raised in the village of Turtleford, Saskatchewan, she was educated at Adam Bowden Collegiate, Saskatoon, and awarded scholarships to attend the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts, where her teachers included Jack Hodgins , W. P. Kinsella , Rudy Wiebe , and Robert Kroetsch . She majored in English at the University of Saskatchewan, and worked summers at hospitals and nursing homes for the chronically ill. These experiences inspired her early fiction. She is currently associate director of the Writing Studio at the Banff...

Sunshine sketches of a little town

Sunshine sketches of a little town (1912)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...that there is no place in such a world for the social continuity and genuine fellow-feeling that Mariposa, for all its limitations, fosters. Sunshine sketches was one of the volumes that launched the New Canadian library , and is still in the series with an Afterword by Jack Hodgins . See also Arcadian adventures with the idle rich . Zailig...

British Columbia, Writing in

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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..., W. C. Valgardson , John Mills , John Peter , Alan Fry , Jan Drabek , and Jack Hodgins , some of whom were from abroad or elsewhere in Canada; following close on the heels of these gifted writers were lesser-known figures like Derk Wynand , Beverley Mitchell , Ron Smith , Steve Guppy , Theresa Kishkan , and Sonia Birch-Jones . If any one writer may be said to have dominated this period, it was Jack Hodgins . In contrast to the spareness and economy of Watson, Hodgins pushed fiction once more towards its epic beginnings with The invention of the...

O'Hagan, Howard

O'Hagan, Howard (1902–82)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...Mountains. As he continued to write, even though he suffered from the lack of a supportive community, he became known as the mountain man of Canadian letters, and one of the best prose stylists of western Canada. He had a strong influence on Rudy Wiebe , Robert Harlow , Jack Hodgins , Don Gutteridge , and Michael Ondaatje , who wrote the first critical study of O'Hagan, which appeared in canadian literature 61 (Summer 1974 ). Tay John —a remarkable novel that was possibly influenced by O'Hagan's reading of Joseph Conrad —is about a halfbreed Native,...

Short stories in English. To 1982

Short stories in English. To 1982   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...houses— McClelland & Stewart and Macmillan of Canada —had numerous distinguished short-story writers on their lists: McClelland & Stewart with Margaret Laurence , Margaret Atwood , Rudy Wiebe , Alistair MacLeod , among others; and Macmillan with Munro, Gallant, Jack Hodgins , Guy Vanderhaege , and others. But the real impetus came from the small literary publishers, and in this respect 1966 has to be seen as a momentous year in the development of the short story in Canada: the year in which Oberon Press was founded in Ottawa. Oberon...

Canadian Literature

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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...location representing ideas such as perseverance or salvation. George Bowering focuses on a historical hero in the book-length poem George Vancouver ( 1970 ); his novel Burning Water ( 1980 ) is a fictionalized story of Vancouver’s search for the Northwest Passage. Jack Hodgins’s Spit Delaney’s Island ( 1977 ), though, is a book of parables, many ending in redemption, set on Vancouver Island. This setting continues in his novels about the Barclay family, particularly The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne ( 1980 ), in which a tidal wave brings both a...

Leacock, Stephen

Leacock, Stephen (1869–1944)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...as possible, by someone who is not intending to amuse us and would probably find our amusement puzzling. Leacock's finest achievement in this respect is the naively self-revealing narrator of sunshine sketches of a little town ( 1912 ; ncl , with an Afterword by Jack Hodgins ). Another aspect of Leacock's humour that may also owe something to the oral tradition is the way in which he elaborates a single idea, capping one ingenuity with another until he reaches an inevitable but absurd climax (the final irrational act of the narrator that follows a...

Anthologies in English: Poetry

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...anthology could dare to emulate The best American short stories . The new series title, Best Canadian stories , was then introduced, though these volumes were shorter than their American counterparts. Stories by W. P. Kinsella , W. D. Valgardson , Elisabeth Harvor , Jack Hodgins , Elizabeth Spencer , Kent Thompson , Judith Penner , and Ann Copeland comprised Harcourt and Metcalf's benchmark 77 : Best Canadian stories . The 1978 , 1979 , and 1980 volumes were co-edited by Metcalf and Clark Blaise ; the 1981 and 1982 editions by Metcalf...

Novels in English. Beginnings to 1900

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...inclusive ‘region’, gives Munro's fiction an understated unity. That kind of unity is more apparent in the comic stories and novels of Jack Hodgins , for whom Vancouver Island has functioned both as a setting and as a subject with its own inherent interest. Hodgins repeatedly deals with a character, often an artist, who attempts to describe the island and its way of life. Maggie Kyle, the vital and erotic heroine of Hodgins' complex and entertaining The invention of the world ( 1977 ), alerts the reader to the fact that while the Island can be described in...

Fantastic literature in English

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...The memoirs of Alcheringia ( 1984 ), The Gaian experiment ( 1985 ), and Master of Norriya ( 1986 ). Fantastic elements appear in the fictions of numerous contemporary mainstream writers, including Margaret Atwood , Robertson Davies , Timothy Findley , Pauline Gedge , Jack Hodgins , Janet Turner Hospital , Thomas King , Rohinton Mistry , Brian Moore , Leon Rooke , Jane Urquhart , and Sheila Watson . For instance, Davies, while Master of Massey College, told eighteen ‘spooky stories’ about ghosts to be encountered in the study halls and corridors...

Governor General's Literary Awards

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...think you are? Fiction. Patrick Lane . Poems new and selected . Poetry. Roger Caron . Go boy . Non-fiction. Jacques Poulin . Les grandes marées . Fiction. Gilbert Langevin . Mon refuge est un volcan . Poetry. François-Marc Gagnon . Paul-Émile Borduas . Non-fiction. 1979 Jack Hodgins . The resurrection of Joseph Bourne . Fiction. Michael Ondaatje . There's a trick with a knife I'm learning to do . Poetry. Maria Tippett . Emily Carr . Non-fiction. Marie-Claire Blais . Le sourd dans la ville . Fiction. Robert Melançon . Peinture aveugle . Poetry. D....

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