95 Columbia Ave.
Aug. 11, 1928.
Dear Mr. Knister:
Congratulations on your Canadian Short
Stories.1 The introduction is excellent, and the
whole book -- though I have only yet read in it -- seems interesting. Is it too
much to hope that it may be one of the heralds of the renascence that seems just over the
edge of the horizon.
I am returning to Scotland on August 24th and
if you can manage it would be glad to have a line from you before then. Is there any
immediate chance of getting a commission from Macmillans to do a canadian poetry
anthology? Mrs. Livesay, I hear is preparing one.2
Kennedy seems quite intent on bringing out the Mercury, but I doubt if it can last.3
I am going to the country,4 but if you expect to be in Montreal -- as I think
Schwartz5 told me is possible -- I would come in.
P.S. Graeme Taylor, who wrote some stuff for the Fortnightly is having
some stories in Transition -- one, I think, in the June number.6
VIII ALS McMaster Collection. also ts. copy by Imogen Givens. I refer here to the first as
received by Knister.
Canadian Short Stories (Toronto: Macmillan, August 1928) 340 pp.[back]
Mrs. Livesay (Florence Randall Livesay) mother of Dorothy Livesay.[back]
The Canadian Mercury was short-lived from 1928-29.[back]
the country: possibly Magog, Eastern Townships.[back]
Taylor published "Deaf-Mute" a short story in Transition, No. 13 (Summer
1928), pp. 172-73. He published in This Quarter what was described
as his first appearance as a writer: "Extract I." This Quarter, No. 4
(Spring 1929), pp. 171-86 and "Extract II." pp. 186-92. He was twenty-three
years of age and resided in France. (John Glassco published "Extractfrom an
Autobiography" in thisissue, pp. 198-210.) In a review of Strange Fugitive for
This Quarter Ethel Moorhead wrote: "Scribner's will do well to keep their eyes
on other young authors appearing in this [issue of This Quarter]: two more young
Canadians: -- Graeme Taylor and John Glassco