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Canadian literature was once born in ny urban. it all started no longer within the backwoods of Ontario or the salt residences of recent Brunswick, yet within the cafés, publishing workplaces, and boarding homes of overdue nineteenth-century manhattan, the place writing constructed as a career and the place the foundation for the Canadian canon used to be laid. So argues Nick Mount in When Canadian Literature Moved to New York.

The final a long time of the 19th century observed a rare exodus from English Canada, draining the rustic of part its writers and all yet some of its modern and destiny literary celebrities. prompted via strong hindrances to a family literature, each one of these migrants landed in ny - by way of the Nineties the centre of the continental literary industry - and located for the 1st time a wide, receptive literary marketplace and popularity from non-Canadian publishers and reviewers.

While the expatriates of the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties - together with Bliss Carman, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Palmer Cox - have been famous for his or her achievements in Canada, the household literature they themselves spurred into lifestyles rekindled a nationalist significant to tell apart Canadian writing from different literatures, specially American, and this slowly eradicated so much in their paintings from the rising English Canadian canon. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York is the tale of those expatriate writers: who they have been, why they left, what they accomplished, and the way they replaced Canadian literary history.

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