Date Published: 1941 to 1988
Hugh MacLennan (was a Canadian novelist and English professor at Lower Canada College and McGill University. He won five Governor General's Awards.
The collection contains 6 items dating from 1941 to 1988 specifically, two signed books, a pamphlet, a magazine, a letter, and a photo.
• Hugh MacLennan with Emile Vaillancourt and John P. Humphrey. Canadian Unity and Quebec. Montreal: printed at the Canadian Printing and Lithographing Co Ltd for Emile Vaillancourt, . 16 pp., wire-stitched in cream card covers. 165 ×103 mm. Transcript of a Round Table of the CBC Discussion Club broadcast on the National Network, a discussion from Montreal, aired Sunday 29 November 1942 at 5 pm. MacLennan's scarce fourth publication. Cameron A15.
2 Books (both signed):
• Barometer Rising. Toronto: Collins, 1941. First Canadian edition in dust jacket. 326 pp. Red cloth, small tear at the bottom of the spine, rubbing and light surface wear to covers. A couple of pieces missing at the top and bottom of the jacket’s spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. From the library of Greg Gatenby, Canadian writer and founder of the Harbourfront Literary Festival and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. With Gatenby’s signature and previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. MacLennan’s first published novel which explores the impact of the Halifax explosion during World War I on the complicated lives of Penelope Wain and her family.
• Two Solitudes. Toronto: Collins, 1945. First Canadian edition in dust jacket. 370 pp. Red purplish cloth. Spine slightly cocked, bumping to spine extremities, rubbing and fading to covers and spine. Jacket very good with tiny chips missing on the spine panel and corners. Signed by the author on the title page. From Gatenby’s personal library with his signature and the signature of a previous owner on the front free endpaper. A very good signed copy of MacLennan’s iconic novel about Paul Tallard’s struggles in reconciling the differences between his English and French Canadian identities.
Omnibook Magazine (March 1945), containing an abridgment of Two Solitudes and three other books.
1 Typed Letter Signed:
TLS with envelope to Freda Woods, 5 December 1960, re George Stewart in The Watch That Ends the Night: the character is not like him as a person, the book is fictional, Scotchman’s Return and Other Essays to be published in the fall.
B&w photo, “Canadian Cultural Icon”, 21 August 1988, AP Newsfeatures Photo.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB