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McLeod, Gordon Duncan

Works: 5 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 785 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bio-bibliography 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Gordon Duncan McLeod
Essentially Canadian : the life and fiction of Alan Sullivan, 1868-1947 by Gordon Duncan McLeod( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A theatre happening by Shelia M Maurer( Book )

3 editions published between 1968 and 1984 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primeval element in the prairie novels of Frederick Philip Grove by Gordon Duncan McLeod( Book )

8 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis concerns itself with the novels of Grove written between 1912 when he arrived on the prairie and the publication of Fruits of the Earth in 1933. I have attempted to show that Grove chose the Canadian prairie because what he wanted to write about offered itself in this environment. Grove came with a knowledge of literature, the symbolism of which he wished to express against a primeval setting. He brought together his immense characterizations and the only environment grand and primeval enough to serve as a stage for them. I believe that his knowledge of literature has emerged in the form of archetypal symbolism. In addition Grove has written with a clearly defined view of literary procedure: to be a work of art literature must strive to mirror a more or less universal human reaction to life. He saw the writer as an artist who, rather than photographing or recording real life, selected details from that life to "body forth" in a work of art what he thought of it all. Grove refers to the literary procedure as realism. Finally I wish to show that the view of life mirrored is a tragic view: of conflict and triumph mixed with defeat. Grove has blended the tragic hero of Aristotle with the problem play situation of Ibsen. His tragic heroes are men who have attempted to achieve the unattainable, but they have exulted, like Prometheus, in their defiance of the gods and in achieving as much of their dream as they did achieve. I have discussed these three aspects of Grove's writing with reference to his four published prairie novels: Fruits of the Earth, Our Daily Bread, Settlers of the Marsh, and The Yoke of Life
A descriptive bibliography of the Canadian prairie novel, 1871-1970 by Gordon Duncan McLeod( )

5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Bibliography attempts to provide as complete an index as possible to novels of the Canadian prairie written for adults and published in English within the 100 years from 1871 to 1970. Excluded from consideration, accordingly, are the many short stories which are part of Canadian prairie fiction in general, as well as novels written for a juvenile audience. Novels written in languages other than English are included only if they were eventually published in English. To establish the literary parameters of the term "Canadian prairie" is a more difficult task. Politically, the boundaries of the Canadian prairie are clearly defined: the Canadian prairie is comprised of the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. These boundaries, however, were formulated subsequent to the settlement of the area geographically regarded as the prairie and in turn to the time the first novels to come from this area were written and published. Consequently, the locus of the Canadian prairie novel should be flexibly defined as the largely agricultural area bounded on the west by the Rocky Mountains, on the north and east by rocky terrain and forests, and on the south by the 49th parallel. How one should delimit the Canadian prairie novel with respect to subject matter and to the nature of a given writer's relationship to the prairie poses the second major difficulty. A novel written about the prairie by someone who was living on the prairie at the time is obviously a Canadian prairie novel; but it is also obvious that such a definition is too exacting and too mechanically restrictive. For the purposes of the present study, therefore, the Canadian prairie novel will be defined as either: a novel written by someone living on the prairie at the time regardless of subject matter or a novel with a prairie theme or setting written by someone who once lived on the prairie regardless of where the writer resided at the time of writing. The basic criterion, in short, is the writer's personal experience of living on the prairie, and thus excluded from consideration will be novels written about the prairie but by a writer who never lived or who was only a visitor there
The primeval element in the prairie novels of Frederick Philip Grove. 1966 by Gordon Duncan McLeod( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
McLeod, Gordon D.

McLeod, Gordon D. (Gordon Duncan)

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