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Johnston, George 1913-2004

Overview
Works: 53 works in 191 publications in 2 languages and 3,619 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Poetry  Sources  Records and correspondence  Romances  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Editor
Classifications: PT7269.G4, 811.54
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Most widely held works about George Johnston
 
Most widely held works by George Johnston
The saga of Gisli( Book )

9 editions published between 1963 and 1987 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Saga of Gisli" was written in the early thirteenth century, and offers an imaginative reconstruction of a story of a man and his family who came to Iceland from Norway about 950 A.D. Gisli is outlawed for killing his brother-in-law, spends a decade hiding in remote northwest Iceland, and is caught and killed. The heart of the saga, however, is the examination of the intricate emotional bonds and the laws that attempt to regulate them, as existing in a world governed finally by inevitable fate. This ancient example of a type of literature sprung from a type of community readers can barely imagine, is one of the most memorable of all the Icelandic sagas
Happy enough; poems 1935-1972 by George Johnston( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The saga of Gisli( Book )

14 editions published between 1963 and 1978 in English and Spanish and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cruising auk by George Johnston( Book )

20 editions published between 1959 and 1964 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secrets of the kingdom by George Johnston( Book )

3 editions published between 1954 and 1975 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barbara : novel by Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En livslysten præstekones dramatiske skæbne på Færøerne på Frederik V's tid
Home free by George Johnston( Book )

9 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Faroe Islanders' saga by George Johnston( Book )

8 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The saga of Gisli the outlaw( Book )

11 editions published between 1963 and 1999 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential George Johnston by George Johnston( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subtle, varied and elegant, exact in their tuning, traditionally informed yet wholly original, the poems of George Johnston have yet to find the wide readership they deserve. That they flew beneath the radar in Canada during his lifetime can be attributed in part to the vagaries of literary fashion: Johnston's early verse, in The Cruising Auk (1959) and Home Free (1966), was formal and traditional, using stanza, metre and rhyme with great sophistication, at a moment when free verse had become de rigueur; thus he was dismissed by the reputation-makers of the day as old-fashioned. His later verse, markedly more contemporary in tone though no less formally accomplished, escaped notice for a different reason: its modesty. Johnston wrote on everyday subjects, in language carefully modulated to avoid ostentation, and he masked his formal virtuosity with a conversational casualness. The rhymes are still there, but hidden: half-rhymes, internal rhymes, vowel and consonant echoes. Regularity of metre has given way to accentual rhythm and syllable count. Effects are subliminal, easily missed in a cursory reading. You could mistake this for free verse, and many probably did. But it came at a time when Canadian readers, grown accustomed to prosy-colloquial free verse, expected some novelty of content, shock effect, biting cleverness, or gut-wrenching anecdote to make it 'poetry'. Lost on such readers was the prodigious artistry at work here, the nuanced ear, the refinements of diction that infuse these quiet poems with uncanny staying power
The Greenlanders saga( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translation. Uses the text in Olafur Halldorsson's new edition of Groenlandinga saga which was published in Reykjavik in 1975. It is the story of discovery of the New World by Norsemen from Greenland
Endeared by dark : the collected poems by George Johnston( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thrand of Gotu : two Icelandic sagas from the Flat Island book( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enth.: Faereyinga saga. Graenlendinga saga
The collected poems of George Whalley by George Whalley( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rocky shores : an anthology of Faroese poetry by George Johnston( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The schemers & Viga-Glúm : Bandamanna sage & Víga-Glúms saga by George Johnston( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ask again by George Johnston( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl : portrait of a painter, Carl Schaefer by George Johnston( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is to come : selected and new poems by George Johnston( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking a grip : poems, 1972-1978 by George Johnston( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Barbara : novel
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Barbara : novelThe saga of Gisli the outlawThe essential George JohnstonEndeared by dark : the collected poemsThrand of Gotu : two Icelandic sagas from the Flat Island bookThe schemers & Viga-Glúm : Bandamanna sage & Víga-Glúms saga
Alternative Names
Benson Johnston, George 1913-2004

George Benson Johnston Canadian poet

George Benson Johnston kanadischer Dichter

George Benson Johnston poet kanadez

George Benson Johnston poeta canadenc

George Benson Johnston poeta canadianu (1913–2004)

George Benson Johnston poeta canadiense

George Benson Johnston poète canadien

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Languages
English (146)

Spanish (1)