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E.J. Pratt: Letters

Letters of one of Canada's first — and N.L. born — literary celebrities

Research | Books at Memorial

This edition of E.J. Pratt’s letters is the final volume in the Collected Works series.

Because of Pratt’s role in the making of Canadian culture between and after the World Wars, his correspondence highlights key moments in our cultural history and provides a view of the enterprise from its very centre.

Newfoundland poet

The letters, edited by Elizabeth Popham and Dr. David Pitt, professor emeritus (English) and an honorary graduate at Memorial, take us into his “workshop,” illuminating the research behind his distinctive documentary long poems and the social nature of his creative production.

They also reveal the complex network of writers, critics, artists and political figures of which Pratt was a part, the evolution of the Canadian book trade from the 1920s through to the early 1960s, and the emergence of radio (and specifically, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) as a tool for forging national identity.

Pratt’s correspondence both confirms the public persona of one of Canada’s first literary celebrities and provides glimpses of the private character behind the mask.

E.J. Pratt: Letters is published by University of Toronto Press.