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Hugh Garner’s Best Stories received the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction in 1963. The collection consists of twenty-four stories composed between the late 1930s and the early 1960s and reflects the immense flux of the mid-century, from the Great Depression to the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and second-wave feminism. Garner takes on issues ranging from anglophone–francophone conflict in Canada to racism in the American South, from the disenfranchisement of First Nations people to the mistreatment of the mentally disabled. Best Stories is not only notable for the devastating precision of its prose, but also for its contribution to the Spanish Civil War literary canon. This new edition brings short fiction by Garner into conversation with the wider canon of Canadian and transnational leftist and proletarian literature.



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Date de parution 21 mai 2015
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EAN13 9780776622637
Langue English
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Hugh Garner’s Best Stories
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Hugh Garner’s Best Stories
A Critical Edition Edited and with an Introduction by emily robins sharpe
University of Ottawa Press| OTTAWA
The University of Ottawa Press gratefully acknowledges the support extended to its publishing list by Heritage Canada through the Canada Book Fund, by the Canada Council for the Arts, by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program and by the University of Ottawa. The University of Ottawa Press also gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by Editing Modernism in Canada.
Copy editing: Barbara Ibronyi Proofreading: Michael Waldin Typesetting: CS Cover design: Lisa Marie Smith Cover image:Los Canadienses(detail) by Bill Stapleton, 1986. Reproduced with kind permission from the Canadian War Museum.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Garner, Hugh, 19131979 [Short stories. Selections] Hugh Garner’s best stories / edited and with an introduction by Emily Robins Sharpe.  A critical edition.
(Canadian literature collection) Includes bibliographical references. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 9780776622613 (paperback).ISBN 9780776622637 (pdf ). ISBN 9780776622620 (epub)
I. Robins Sharpe, Emily, 1983, editor II. Title. III. Title: Best stories. IV. Series: Canadian literature collection
PS8513.A64A15 2015
© University of Ottawa Press, 2015 Printed in Canada by Gauvin Press
C20159035244 C20159035252
acknowledgementsix introductionxi I. Garner’s Life and Writing xiii II. The Stories in Context xvi III. A Cultural History of Work xvii IV. The Spanish Civil War and Garner’s Oeuvre xxii V. Textual History xxvi VI. Critical Reception xxx Bibliography xxxiii . hugh garner’s best stories1 . explanatory notes 199 textual notes 215
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Introducing Canada and the Spanish Civil War
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bart vautourandemily robins sharpe Codirectors ofCanada and the Spanish Civil War
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here are many people whose support of this project has helped to bring moTst energizing and fulfilling experiences of my career. Hugh Garner’sBest Storiesinto print. The research collaborations back and spirited discussions that attended this work have been among the First and foremost, I am grateful to Barbara Wong for her support of this proj ect and her broader encouragement of research into Garner’s life and writing. At every phase of this process, I have had the honour to work with talented undergraduate and graduate student interns. I am grateful to Kelsie Lyons, Abigail Slinger, Adam Cotton, Emily Murphy, Daniel Marcotte, and Kevin Levangie for their diligent research, careful editing, and thoughtful comments. I owe a great debt to the archivists and librarians who have assisted this recovery project. The staff of the Queen’s University Archives, especially Heather Home; the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; the Toronto Reference Library, especially Richard MacCallum; and Keene State College’s Mason Library have contributed essential resources and facilitated my research. This project has been supported from start to finish by Dean Irvine and our incredible colleagues in the Editing Modernism in Canada Project (EMiC)— which will continue to yield many more critical recovery projects in years to come. Jonathan P. Eburne was an early source of inspiration and encourage ment, and Bart Vautour, Patricia Rae, and Michael J. New offered kind support and thoughtful feedback as this project progressed. I am especially admiring of Bart’s incisive, essential work on Canadian Spanish Civil War literature and his dedication to collaborative scholarship. I am grateful to my colleague Patricia Pedroza González for her assistance with the translation work. I would like to acknowledge the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Penn State University for their support of my doctoral studies, when this project was generated. EMiC funding supported much of the research for this project, as well as my own postdoctoral work. Ricki and Steven Sharpe and Colleen and Mike New have provided me with the space to research and think about this project. The work of this edition is dedicated to my grandmothers, Helen Sharpe and Gloria Robins, and to the memory of my grandfathers, Sydney Robins and Sydney Sharpe, and to all those whose lives were shaped by the Great Depression.
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