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Lynch, Gerald 1953-

Works: 33 works in 188 publications in 1 language and 10,108 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Quotations  Domestic fiction  Literary criticism  History  Humor  Graphic novels  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR9199.3.L367, 818.5209
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Most widely held works by Gerald Lynch
Stephen Leacock, humour and humanity by Gerald Lynch( )

26 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 1,818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Leacock is often regarded as a writer without an imaginative centre, as an author who lacked a vision of sufficient power and clarity to sustain a lifetime of serious writing. Leacock's writings emerge, however, from a centre that is the confluence of the two traditions of humanism and Toryism. Without an understanding of Leacock's Tory-humanism, which he provides most fully in The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice (1920) and Our Heritage of Liberty (1942), even his theory of humour will seem curiously limp in its insistence on the need for "kindliness" in humorous literature. Moreover, Leacock's Tory-humanism and theory of humour--the theory which he presents in Humour, Its Theory and Technique (1935) and Humour And Humanity (1937)--are crucial to a full understanding of his two most accomplished works of fiction, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914). Sunshine Sketches portrays the Tory-humanist's qualified ideal Canadian community of Mariposa in opposition to the individualism and materialism of Josh Smith. In opposition to the failure of Mariposa's Anglican Church, the Sketches offers the redemptive romance of Peter Pupkin and Zena Pepperleigh. The concluding sketch, "L'Envoi. The Train to Mariposa," considers Mariposa in retrospect from the Mausoleum Club and suggests the need for a continual revival of the values of community life. "L'Envoi" also points forward to Arcadian Adventures, the book which centres on another Mausoleum Club in a city of the United States and focuses on the plutocratic machinations of a league of capitalists who eventually realize a municipal government of the plutocracy. Considered together, the Sketches and the Adventures reveal what was for Leacock a real difference between the United States and Canada: the ascent to dominance in the former of liberal individualism (Plutoria) and the presence for imaginative retrieval in the latter of an interdependent community (Mariposa)
The one and the many : English-Canadian short story cycles by Gerald Lynch( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The search for the 'Great Canadian Novel' has long continued throughout our history. Controversially, to say the least, Gerald Lynch maintains that a version of it may already have been written - as a great Canadian short story cycle. In this unique text, the author provides a fascinating literary-historical survey and genre study of the English-Canadian short story cycle - the literary form that occupies the middle ground between short stories and novels. This wide-ranging volume has much to say about the continuing relationship between place and identity in Canadian literature and culture." "Initially, using Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town for illustrative purposes, Lynch discusses two definitive features of short story cycles: the ways in which their form conveys meaning and the paramount function of their concluding - or 'return' - stories. Lynch then devotes five discrete but related chapters to six Canadian short story cycles, spanning some one hundred years from Duncan Campbell Scott to Thomas King, and tracing some surprising continuities in this distinctive genre. A number of the works are discussed extensively for the first time within the tradition of the Canadian short story cycle, which has never before been accorded book-length study. This engaging and intelligent volume will be of interest to the general reader as well as specialists in Canadian literature."--Jacket
Leacock on life by Stephen Leacock( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compilation of material gleaned from books of fiction and non-fiction Leacock published
Bliss Carman : a reappraisal by Gerald Lynch( )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tarnished reputation of this turn-of-the-century poet is persuasively burnished anew by fifteen scholars, editors, and poets
Dominant impressions : essays on the Canadian short story by Gerald Lynch( )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canadian critics and scholars, along with a growing number from around the world, have long recognized the achievements of Canadian short story writers. However, these critics have tended to view the Canadian short story as a historically recent phenomenon. This reappraisal corrects this mistaken view by exploring the literary and cultural antecedents of the Canadian short story
Alice Munro's miraculous art : critical essays by Janice Anne Fiamengo( )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection offers 16 original essays on Nobel laureate Alice Munro's writings, providing an enlightening range of approaches and interpretive strategies by her most eminent critics. The essays cover the entirety of Munro's career, from the first stories she published as an undergraduate at The University of Western Ontario in the early 1950s to her final books (presumably), The View from Castle Rock and Dear Life. Following the editors' introduction--which surveys Munro's recurrent themes, explains the design of the book, and summarizes each contribution--Munro biographer Robert Thacker contributes a substantial bio-critical introduction to Munro's career. The book is then divided into three sections, focusing on Munro's characteristic forms, themes, and most notable literary effects. In total, the collection provides many new perspectives, reconsidered positions, and scholarly-critical analyses that will enhance the reading, teaching, and appreciation of Munro's remarkable indeed miraculous fictions."--
The ivory thought : essays on Al Purdy( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If one poet can be said to be the Canadian poet, that poet is Al Purdy (1918-2000). Numerous eminent scholars and writers have attested to this pre-eminent status. George Bowering described him as "the world's most Canadian poet" (1970), while Sam Solecki titled his book-length study of Purdy The Last Canadian Poet (1999). In The Ivory Thought: Essays on Al Purdy, a group of seventeen scholars, critics, writers, and educators appraise and reappraise Purdy's contribution to English literature. They explore Purdy's continuing significance to contemporary writers; the li
Troutstream by Gerald Lynch( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive introduction to the law of England and Wales as it affects counsellors and psychotherapists is designed to help practitioners protect themselves and their clients. The author examines key issues, and legal problems which can arise
The Canadian essay( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exotic dancers : a novel by Gerald Lynch( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of four lives coming together under difficult circumstances - Maggie is divorced and recently down-sized from her job; her son, Jonathan, hopes for a better life that he fears lies just beyond his reach; Joe is an out-of-work architect who drinks away from a twelve-step program; Holly has been refused a try-out with the select hockey team because she is a girl. Some descriptions of sex, strong language. 2001
Sunshine sketches of a little town by Stephen Leacock( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the fictional landscape of Mariposa on the shores of Lake Wissanotti in Missinaba County, Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town is an affectionate satire of small town life. This series of humorous connected sketches about graft, high finance, religion, love and romance is, on one level, an intimate, comic portrait of town life and local politics. On another level, the narrative is a powerful commentary on the workings of community values and on Canada's place within the British Empire."--Jacket
Short fiction : an introductory anthology by David Rampton( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missing children by Gerald Lynch( )

3 editions published between 1901 and 2015 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dr. Lorne Thorpe, a well-known pediatrician, is on a rare outing with his daughter Shawn when she goes missing. Although Shawn eventually returns, seemingly unharmed but refusing to talk about what has happened, it seems that she is not the only child who has gone missing from their Troutstream neighbourhood. Detective Beldon has been put on the case, but Dr. Thorpe's increasingly erratic behaviour is hindering his investigation. And it's imperative to solve the mystery before more children disappear."--
The rising village by Oliver Goldsmith( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omphalos by Gerald Lynch( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Eugene DeLint, the head of Omphalos, the world's dominant philanthropic organization, is found murdered, Detective Kevin Beldon is called in. Beldon, who readers will be familiar with from Lynch's previous novels, Missing Children and Troutstream, has been on medical leave, and he brings along much personal professional baggage: his wife Cynthia is a recent suicide, his absent son Bill is a disappointment, and his daughter Kelly, who began her legal career at Omphalos, is emotionally distant with him. Kevin still hasn't gotten over his previous failed attempt at solving the so-called Widower serial killings. And he still suspects that the escaped Widower was connected to Omphalos. Secretly he views Eugene DeLint's murder as a last chance to solve the Widower case and so absolve his wife the sin of suicide."--
Kisbey by Gerald Lynch( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prose models by Gerald Henry Levin( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One's company by Gerald Lynch( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prose models : Canadian, American, and British essays for composition by Gerald Henry Levin( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dying detective by Gerald Lynch( )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Retired Detective Kevin Beldon has left Ottawa and gone into retreat at a Buddhist monastery in California following his successful treatment for lung cancer. He’s trying to make sense of his life, but death is very much on his mind. And not just his own; he’s still trying to come to terms with the loss ten years earlier of his wife and son, victims of an evil mastermind whom Beldon had been forced to let escape. Beldon is happy to be retired, but when Global Patrol, the international police force, comes looking for his help on a serial killer investigation that has them stymied, he’s drawn back in."--
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The one and the many : English-Canadian short story cycles
Leacock on lifeBliss Carman : a reappraisalDominant impressions : essays on the Canadian short storyThe ivory thought : essays on Al PurdyTroutstreamShort fiction : an introductory anthology
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Lynch, Gerald

Lynch, Gerald Patrick

Lynch, Gerald Patrick 1953-

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