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The best books, Somerset Maugham once quite rightly insisted, are enjoyable to read. By this measure, Arrival: The Story of CanLit is a virtuoso performance. It’s fun, not at all academic. It’s informative – many of the most important works in the Canadian canon are evaluated (albeit cursorily) – it’s also funny, well written and […]

First appeared in The Guardian¬†Photo Source: Wiki:¬†Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve By Nigel Beale Reading biographies of writers affects the way we read their books. And, unlike Proust, I think it does so for the better During the past several months there has been an interesting conversation ping-ponging back and forth between literary blogs, on the utility […]