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R
om e
— J
ew ish
C
a n a d ia n a
able to convey the total significance of Canadian culture and
the artistic significance of the Canadian fact.
By the same analysis it is not surprising that Klein was also
able to interpret French Canada to English readers in his
remarkable collection,
The Rocking Chair
(Toronto, 1948,
1951). Certainly his
Poems
(Philadelphia, 1944),
Hath No t a
Jew
. . . (New York, 1940) and
The Hitleriad
(New York, 1944),
have a place of honor on every shelf of Jewish Canadiana.
Besides the work of Klein, there are also Vera Black's two
small collections of verse,
Poems
(Montreal, 1938) and
Cross
־
roads
(Montreal, 1955). Of even greater significance are the
three volumes by Miriam Waddington,
Green World
(Montreal,
1945),
The Season's Lovers
(Toronto, 1958), and
The Second
Silence
(Toronto, 1955).
Irving Layton is the most recent winner of the Governor
General’s award. His
Red Carpet for the Sun
(Toronto, 1959)
contains his own selection of the more important poems he had
published during the past score years in more than a dozen
earlier collections as well as in journals and reviews. Layton’s
Jewish heritage, like Klein’s, finds full articulation in the prose
and poetry he addresses to the reader of Canadian literature.
Also like Klein, he is influential in gaining for Jewish culture
complete recognition as an integral part of Canadian culture
and life. His example is clearly not lost on a large group of
promising young writers.
Collectors would do well to secure Layton’s
The Black Hunts-
men
(1951),
The Blue Propeller
(1955),
The Bull Calf
(1956),
The Cold Green Element
(1955),
Here and Now
(1946),
In
the Midst of My Fever
(1954),
The Improved Binoculars
(1956, 1957),
The Long Pea Shooter
(1954),
Love the Con-
quering Worm
(1953),
Music on a Kazoo
(1956),
Now is the
Place
(1948),
A Laughter in the Mind
(Highland, 1958; Mont־
real, 1959), or other of his works.
Turning to prose, Lionel Sebastian Berk Shapiro has won a
world wide readership with his
The Sealed Verdict
(Garden
City, 1947),
The Sixth of June
(Garden City, 1955; London,
1956; New York, 1956; Paris, 1956),
Torch for a Dark Journey
(New York, 1950, 1951; London, 1951), and his
They Left the
Back Door Open
(Toronto, 1944; London, 1945).
Ted Allen’s (nom de plume of Ted Herman) warm short
stories are scattered in various collections. His plays are un-
published or appear only in the Russian translation, but his
novel
This Time a Bet ter Earth
, dealing with the Spanish civil
war, appeared in New York in 1939. His biography of Dr. Nor־
man Bethune,
The Scalpel and the Sword.
(Boston, London,
1952), written in collaboration with Sydney Gordon, has also
proven very popular. Henry Kreisel’s
The Rich Man
(Toronto,