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Canadian Literature & Poetry
in English

Book & Publishing History

Digital Collections

Early Canadiana Online A digital collection of works in English and French published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early twentieth century. The collection includes colonial, provincial and federal government publications, Jesuit relations texts, and an English Canadian literature collection with over 800 works of drama, poetry and fiction, biography and exploration written before 1900.
Early English Books Online Full-text digitized works printed in British North America (and other regions, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales), 1473–1700. Book about Canada mainly consist of exploration narratives and missionary accounts.
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online Full-text digitized works printed in Great Britain in the eighteenth century, encompassing an early historical stage of Canadian writing.
Multicultural Canada Newspapers, books, manuscripts, documents, photographs, audio files and other materials published and created by Canada’s immigrants.
Toronto Public Library Digital Archive Includes a range of digitized primary source materials, including historical maps, books, and assorted ephemera (postcards, advertisements, flyers, and tickets).

General History

History of the Book in Canada Fleming, Patricia, et al., editors Starting in 1997, a team of historians, librarians, and literary scholars from across the country took up the task of writing a comprehensive book on a history of the book and print culture in Canada. In three volumes. Volume One: “Beginnings to 1840”, Volume Two: “1840–1918,” Volume Three: “1918–1980.”
Z 206 .H58 2004 Stacks
The History of the Book in Canada: A Bibliography Bartlett, Mark C. et al., compilers Subject categories include printed books and printing, illustration, type founders and designers, book trade and publishing, libraries and librarianship, periodicals, newspapers and journalism.
Z 206 .B37 1993 Reference
“Literary Taste in Central Canada During the Late Nineteenth Century” Bissell, Claude T. An article published in the Canadian Historical Review (volume 31, no. 3, September 1950), exploring the importance and the effect of nineteenth-century journals in Canada, including the Literary Garland (1838–1851) and The Week: A Canadian Journal of Politics, Society, and Literature (1883–1896).
Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English Klinck, Carl F. et al., editors A comprehensive reference work on the English literary history of Canada in four volumes, which includes essays on the history of Canadian literary publishing by bibliographer and librarian H.P. Gundy.
PR 9184.3 .L5 1976 Reference
Book Publishing and Publishers in Canada Before 1900 Gundy, H.P. Recounts the emergence of the publishing and bookselling industries and the development of the Canadian copyright law.
Z 483 .G8 Stacks
Paper Phoenix: A History of Book Publishing in English Canada Broten, Delores, and Peter Birdsall
Z 481 .B7 Stacks Oversize
The Perilous Trade: Book Publishing in Canada, 1946–2006 MacSkimming, Roy Chronicles the history of English-language publishing from World War II to the early twentieth century.
Z 481 .M35 2007 Stacks
Upper Canadian Imprints, 1801–1841: A Bibliography Fleming, Patricia Lockhart
Z 1365 .F54 1988 Reference
The Canadian Private Presses in Print: A List of Books & Broadsides, Posters & Pamphlets, Ephemera Etc. Dobson, Lyndsay, compiler
Z 1028 .C36 1984 Reference


Anthologizing Canadian Literature: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives Lecker, Robert, editor Essays focus on anthologies as national metaphors, the controversies surrounding early literary collections, representations of First Nations peoples in anthologies, and the ways in which various editors have understood exploration narratives. In addition, the collection examines the representation of women in Canadian anthologies, the use of anthologies as teaching tools, and the creation of some very odd Canadian anthologies along the way.
PR 9184.6 .A58 2015 Stacks

Book Trade & Design

The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada Bringhurst, Robert Examines how Canadian book design (from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth-first century) was influenced by a national identity, culture, and history.
Z 483 .B74 2008 Stacks Oversize
The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada Parker, George L. Chronicles the history of the various aspects newspaper and book publishing, from 1751 to 1900, including authorship and subscription publishing. Also examines the development of the Canadian copyright law in relation to international copyright.
Z 483 .P37 1985 Stacks
Canadian Binders’ Tickets and Booksellers’ Labels Garlock, Gayle N. Explores the use of binders’ tickets and booksellers’ labels within the Canadian bookselling business, which demonstrate geographic trends and advertising methods in the commerce of books.
Z 483 .G37 2015 Stacks

Children’s Books

Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing Edwards, Gail, and Judith Saltman Examines illustrated children’s books from geographical, historical, and cultural perspectives on the Canadian national identity, published between the 1890s to 2005. Also studies the institutions and the professionals involved in the Canadian book writing, publishing, and reading, including authors, publishers, illustrators, editors, librarians, booksellers, and critics.
Z 483 .E46 2010 Stacks

Journals & Journal Publishing

Books in Canada vol. 1 (1971)–present (incomplete archive) vol. 22 (1993)–vol. 37 (2008) (incomplete archive) Publishes in-depth and evaluative reviews of contemporary Canadian literature.
Canadian Author and Bookman vol. 1 (1919)–v. 73 (1998) Includes articles on author and poets, as well as book reviews and essays related to book publishing, bibliography, and librarianship. Desmond Pacey criticized the journal for promoting uninhibited literary nationalism. The publication merged with Canadian Author to form Canadian Author and Bookman, April, 1940.
Canadian Children’s Book News Canadian Children’s Book Centre A magazine featuring reviews for recommended books, author and illustrator interviews and profiles of publishers and bookstores.
Canadian Forum vol. 1 (1920)–v. 79 (2000) Features short stories, poetry, and critical essays published by many preeminent Canadian authors and poets. Also published articles on Canadian cultural development.
Literary Garland vol. 1 (1838)–vol. 9 (1851) The journal was an important publishing platform for pioneer writing in the “new world,” featuring stories of travel to an unknown land and the challenges of frontier life. Writing as “Mrs. Moodie,” Susanna Moodie (1803–1885) was among the most distinguished contributors. Anindex to the periodical, compiled by Mary Markham Brown, is available in-print.
Quill & Quire vol. 48 (1982)–present current year A magazine that publishes reviews of new book releases in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and articles about the Canadian publishing market, the book trade, and libraries.
Forum: Canadian Life and Letters, 1920–70: Selections from the Canadian Forum Granatstein, J.L., and Peter Stevens, editors
PR 9194.9 .F67 Stacks
The “Alternative” Press in Canada: A Checklist of Underground, Revolutionary, Radical and Other Alternative Serials from 1960 Woodsworth, Anne A directory of obscure underground periodicals published in Canada up to 1960. The 413 titles are organized by geographic region and subject.
Z 6954 .C2 W66 Reference
The Little Magazine in Canada, 1925–80: Its Role in the Development of Modernism and Post-Modernism in Canadian Poetry Norris, Ken Analyzes the emergence of small-press publications in Canada (such as Alphabet, Tish, and Delta) which had their beginnings in the American modernist movement. Also includes a bibliography of Canadian little magazines and other titles related to the subject.
PR 9190.5 .N67 1984 Stacks
Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916–1956 Irvine, Dean A critical assessment that shows the major roles played by women in disseminating modernisms through a series of little and not-so-little magazines. Dorothy Livesay was highly influential in the left-wing Masses; Eleanor Godfrey edited The Canadian Forum; Livesay and Floris McLaren helped to found Contemporary Verse and P.K. Page, Kit Shaw, and Peggy Anderson were primarily responsible for publishing Preview.
Available Online PN 4914 .L62 I79 2008 Stacks


The Globe and Mail 1884–2013 1884–present (incomplete archive)
Toronto Star 1894–1900 1900–1971 1971–present
A History of Journalism in Canada Kesterton, W.H. Analyzes the history of newspaper publishing and journalistic production between 1752 (the publication of the Halifax Gazzette, the first newspaper in Canada) and the mid-1960s. Details individual histories of the major Canadian English and French newspapers: The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Le Presse, and the Vancouver Province.
Available Online PN 4904 .K4 Stacks
From Politics to Profit: The Commercialization of Canadian Daily Newspapers, 1890–1920 Sotiron, Minko Examines the role of Canada’s first mass communication medium in shaping Canadian politics and national consciousness and how their publishing model developed into a profit-driven industry.
Available Online PN 4908 .S63 1997 Stacks

McClelland & Stewart & Jack McClelland

New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952–1978 Friskney, Janet B. Analyzed the historical context of the New Canadian Library series, edited by Malcolm Ross and published by McClelland & Stewart, beginning in 1958. Also examines the simultaneous development of Canadian literary studies as a legitimate area of research and teaching in academe and acknowledges the NCL as a milestone in Canadian publishing history.
Available Online Z 483 .M33 F75 2007 Stacks
Jack, A Life with Writers: the Story of Jack McClelland King, James
Z 483 .M3 K56 1999 Stacks
Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McClelland Solecki, Sam, editor Sorted chronologically, the letters between the preeminent publisher and leading Canadian authors of the fifties, sixties and seventies offer an inside view of the personalities that contributed to Canada’s position in the international publishing market. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Earle Birney, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Laurence, Irving Layton, Farley Mowat, Peter C. Newman, Mordecai Richler, Gabrielle Roy, Michael Ondaatje, and Al Purdy.
Z 483 .M3 A4 1998 Stacks

Macmillan Company of Canada

The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture Panofsky, Ruth Examines the contribution of publishers and editors (including Hugh Eayrs, John Gray, and Hugh Kane) to the formation of the Canadian literary canon, beginning with the establishment of Macmillan Canada in 1905.
Available Online Z 483 .M32 P35 2012 Stacks
A Bibliography of Macmillan of Canada Imprints, 1906–1980 Whiteman, Bruce et al.
Z483 .M32 W48 1985 Reference

Ryerson Press & Lorne Pierce

The House of Ryerson, 1829–1954 Pierce, Lorne
Z 232 .R9 P5 1954 Canadiana
On Publishers & Publishing Pierce, Lorne
Z 278 .P611o Old Class Pamphlets
Editor’s Creed Pierce, Lorne
Z 483 .P5 Canadiana
Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press Campbell, Sandra Presents the life and work of Lorne Bruce Pierce (1890–1961), the influential, long-serving editor of the Ryerson Press, who was also known as a publisher, biographer, and literary critic.
Z 483 .P53 C34 2013 Stacks
The Ryerson Imprint: A Check-List of the Books and Pamphlets Published by the Ryerson Press Since the Foundation of the House in 1829 Wallace, W. Stewart
Z 1367 .R9 W3 Reference

Major Scholarly Journals

Book History no. 1 (1998)–present Publishes articles on the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print, including the history of the book in Canada. The official publication of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. Peer-reviewed.
Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture vol. 1 (2009)–present The focus of the journal is to advance scholarship on the Canadian book history: agents and institutions involved in the production, dissemination, and circulation of texts, materiality, content, practices, and usage of books.

created by: Agatha Barc | updated: 25 April 2017