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Canadian literature used to be born in long island urban. it all started no longer within the backwoods of Ontario or the salt residences of latest Brunswick, yet within the cafés, publishing places of work, and boarding homes of past due nineteenth-century long island, the place writing built as a occupation 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 many years 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. influenced by way of robust stumbling blocks to a household literature, almost all these migrants landed in manhattan - through the Nineties the centre of the continental literary marketplace - and located for the 1st time a wide, receptive literary industry 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 life rekindled a nationalist principal to differentiate Canadian writing from different literatures, specifically American, and this slowly eradicated such a lot 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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