New Canadian Library

New Canadian Library
Parent company McClelland & Stewart
Founded 1958
Founder Jack McClelland and Malcolm Ross
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Toronto
Publication types Books
Official website

The New Canadian Library is a publishing imprint of the Canadian company McClelland and Stewart. The series aims to present classic works of Canadian literature in paperback. Each work published in the series includes a short essay by another notable Canadian writer, discussing the historical context and significance of the work. These essays were originally forewords, but after McClelland and Stewart's 1985 sale to Avie Bennett, the prefatory material was abandoned and replaced by afterwords.[1]

It was founded by Malcolm Ross with the intention of providing affordable material for his students; David Staines has been the general editor of the series since 1986. In 2007 the University of Toronto Press published New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952-1978, a work by Janet Beverly Friskney that provides an account of the New Canadian Library during the years of Ross's editorship.

Titles in the New Canadian Library

Novels and short story collections

Poetry collections

The Ross-McClelland Years: 1958-1978 New Canadian Library Titles

Title Author Foreword by
1 Over Prairie Trails Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Ross, MalcolmMalcolm Ross
2 Such Is My Beloved Callaghan, MorleyMorley Callaghan Ross, MalcolmMalcolm Ross
3 Literary Lapses Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Davies, RobertsonRobertson Davies
4 As for Me and My House Ross, SinclairSinclair Ross Daniells, RoyRoy Daniells
5 The Tin Flute Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy McPherson, HugoHugo McPherson
6 The Clockmaker Haliburton, Thomas ChandlerThomas Chandler Haliburton McDougall, Robert L.Robert L. McDougall
7 The Last Barrier and Other Stories Roberts, Charles G. D.Charles G. D. Roberts Lucas, AlecAlec Lucas
8 Barometer Rising MacLennan, HughHugh MacLennan McPherson, HugoHugo McPherson
9 At the Tide's Turn and Other Stories Raddall, Thomas HeadThomas Head Raddall Bevan, AllanAllan Bevan
10 Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Curry, RalphRalph Curry
11 Habitant Poems Drummond, William HenryWilliam Henry Drummond Phelps, ArthurArthur Phelps
12 Thirty Acres Ringuet, Ringuet LeGrand, AlbertAlbert LeGrand
13 Earth and High Heaven Graham, GwethalynGwethalyn Graham Mandel, EliEli Mandel
14 The Man from Glengarry Connor, RalphRalph Connor Beharriell, S. RossS. Ross Beharriell
15 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Ross, MalcolmMalcolm Ross
16 The Stepsure Letters McCulloch, ThomasThomas McCulloch Frye, NorthropNorthrop Frye
17 More Joy in Heaven Callaghan, MorleyMorley Callaghan McPherson, HugoHugo McPherson
18 Wild Geese Ostenso, MarthaMartha Ostenso King, CarlyleCarlyle King
19 The Master of the Mill Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Watters, R. E.R. E. Watters
20 The Imperialist Duncan, Sara JeannetteSara Jeannette Duncan Bissell, ClaudeClaude Bissell
21 Delight Roche, Mazo de laMazo de la Roche Pacey, DesmondDesmond Pacey
22 The Second Scroll Klein, A. M.A. M. Klein Steinberg, M. W.M. W. Steinberg
23 The Mountain and the Valley Buckler, ErnestErnest Buckler Bissell, ClaudeClaude Bissell
24 The Rich Man Kreisel, HenryHenry Kreisel Stedmond, JohnJohn Stedmond
25 Where Nests the Water Hen Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy Roper, GordonGordon Roper
26 The Town Below Lemelin, RogerRoger Lemelin Shortliffe, GlenGlen Shortliffe
27 The History of Emily Montague Brooke, FrancesFrances Brooke Klinck, CarlCarl Klinck
28 My Discovery of England Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Whalley, GeorgeGeorge Whalley
29 Swamp Angel Wilson, EthelEthel Wilson Pacey, DesmondDesmond Pacey
30 Each Man's Son MacLennan, HughHugh MacLennan Lucas, AlecAlec Lucas
31 Roughing it in the Bush Moodie, SusannaSusanna Moodie Klinck, CarlCarl Klinck
32 White Narcissus Knister, RaymondRaymond Knister Child, PhilipPhilip Child
33 They Shall Inherit the Earth Callaghan, MorleyMorley Callaghan Watt, F. W.F. W. Watt
34 Turvey Birney, EarleEarle Birney Woodcock, GeorgeGeorge Woodcock
35 Nonsense Novels Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Beharriell, S. RossS. Ross Beharriell
36 Grain Stead, Robert J.C.Robert J.C. Stead Saunders, ThomasThomas Saunders
37 Last of the Curlews Bodsworth, FredFred Bodsworth Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens
38 The Nymph and the Lamp Raddall, Thomas HeadThomas Head Raddall Matthews, JohnJohn Matthews
39 Judith Hearne Moore, BrianBrian Moore Stedmond, JohnJohn Stedmond
40 The Cashier Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy Lougheed, W. C.W. C. Lougheed
41 Under the Ribs of Death Marlyn, JohnJohn Marlyn Mandel, EliEli Mandel
42 Woodsmen of the West Grainger, M. AllerdaleM. Allerdale Grainger Scheider, RupertRupert Scheider
43 Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Davies, RobertsonRobertson Davies
44 Sarah Binks Hiebert, PaulPaul Hiebert Wheeler, A. LloydA. Lloyd Wheeler
45 Son of a Smaller Hero Richler, MordecaiMordecai Richler Woodcock, GeorgeGeorge Woodcock
46 Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada Jameson, Anna BrownellAnna Brownell Jameson Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas
47 Remember Me Meade, EdwardEdward Meade Shrive, NormanNorman Shrive
48 Frenzied Fiction Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Dooley, DavidDavid Dooley
49 Fruits of the Earth Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Parks, M. G.M. G. Parks
50 Settlers of the Marsh Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Saunders, ThomasThomas Saunders
51 The Backwoods of Canada Traill, Catharine ParrCatharine Parr Traill Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas
52 Music at the Close McCourt, EdwardEdward McCourt Bevan, AllanAllan Bevan
53 My Remarkable Uncle Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens
54 The Double Hook Watson, SheilaSheila Watson Grube, JohnJohn Grube
55 Tiger Dunlop's Upper Canada Dunlop, WilliamWilliam Dunlop Klinck, CarlCarl Klinck
56 Street of Riches Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy Conron, BrandonBrandon Conron
57 Short Circuits Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Dooley, DavidDavid Dooley
58 Wacousta Richardson, JohnJohn Richardson Klinck, CarlCarl Klinck
59 The Stone Angel Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence New, W. H.W. H. New
60 Further Foolishness Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Cole, D. W.D. W. Cole
61 Marchbanks' Almanack Davies, RobertsonRobertson Davies Roper, GordonGordon Roper
62 The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories Ross, SinclairSinclair Ross Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence
63 The Harbor Master Roberts, Theodore GoodridgeTheodore Goodridge Roberts Pacey, DesmondDesmond Pacey
64 The Canadian Settler's Guide Traill, Catharine ParrCatharine Parr Traill Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas
65 The Golden Dog Kirby, WilliamWilliam Kirby Crawley, DerekDerek Crawley
66 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Richler, MordecaiMordecai Richler Bevan, AllanAllan Bevan
67 Behind the Beyond Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Cameron, DonaldDonald Cameron
68 A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder De Mille, JamesJames De Mille Watters, R. E.R. E. Watters
69 Last Leaves Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock Robinson, J. M.J. M. Robinson
70 The Tomorrow-Tamer Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas
71 Odysseus Ever Returning Woodcock, GeorgeGeorge Woodcock New, W. H.W. H. New
72 The Curé of St. Phillipe Grey, Francis WilliamFrancis William Grey Scheider, RupertRupert Scheider
73 The Favourite Game Cohen, LeonardLeonard Cohen Smith, Rowland J.Rowland J. Smith
74 Winnowed Wisdom Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock None
75 The Seats of the Mighty Parker, GilbertGilbert Parker Waterston, ElizabethElizabeth Waterston
76 A Search for America Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove McMullin, Stanley E.Stanley E. McMullin
77 The Betrayal Kreisel, HenryHenry Kreisel Warhaft, SidneySidney Warhaft
78 Mad Shadows Blais, Marie-ClaireMarie-Claire Blais Kattan, NaïmNaïm Kattan
79 The Incomparable Atuk Richler, MordecaiMordecai Richler Ross, MalcolmMalcolm Ross
80 The Luck of Ginger Coffey Moore, BrianBrian Moore Fraser, KeathKeath Fraser
81 Essays, Controversies and Poems Sutherland, JohnJohn Sutherland Waddington, MiriamMiriam Waddington
82 Peace Shall Destroy Many Wiebe, RudyRudy Wiebe Robinson, J. M.J. M. Robinson
83 A Voice from the Attic Davies, RobertsonRobertson Davies Cockburn, RobertRobert Cockburn
84 Prochain Episode Aquin, HubertHubert Aquin Sutherland, RonaldRonald Sutherland
85 Roger Sudden Raddall, Thomas HeadThomas Head Raddall Leitold, J. R.J. R. Leitold
86 Mist on the River Evans, HubertHubert Evans New, W. H.W. H. New
87 The Fire-Dwellers Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Bevan, AllanAllan Bevan
88 The Deserter LePan, DouglasDouglas LePan Watt, F. W.F. W. Watt
89 Antoinette de Mirecourt Leprohon, Rosanna EleanorRosanna Eleanor Leprohon Klinck, CarlCarl Klinck
90 Allegro Leclerc, FélixFélix Leclerc Jones, ElizabethElizabeth Jones
91 The End of the World and Other Stories Gallant, MavisMavis Gallant Weaver, RobertRobert Weaver
92 In the Village of Viger and Other Stories Scott, Duncan CampbellDuncan Campbell Scott Dragland, Stanley L.Stanley L. Dragland
93 The Edible Woman Atwood, MargaretMargaret Atwood Dawe, AlanAlan Dawe
94 In Search of Myself Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Spettigue, D. O.D. O. Spettigue
95 Feast of Stephen Leacock, StephenStephen Leacock None
96 A Bird in the House Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Gibbs, RobertRobert Gibbs
97 The Wooden Sword McCourt, EdwardEdward McCourt Bogaards, WinnifredWinnifred Bogaards
98 Pride's Fancy Raddall, Thomas HeadThomas Head Raddall Cogswell, FredFred Cogswell
99 Ox Bells and Fireflies Buckler, ErnestErnest Buckler Young, AlanAlan Young
100 Above Ground Ludwig, JackJack Ludwig Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence
101 New Priest in Conception Bay Lowell, RobertRobert Lowell O'Flaherty, PatrickPatrick O'Flaherty
102 The Flying Years Niven, FrederickFrederick Niven Bruyn, Jan deJan de Bruyn
103 Wind Without Rain Dewdney, SelwynSelwyn Dewdney Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens
104 Tête Blanche Blais, Marie-ClaireMarie-Claire Blais Stratford, PhilipPhilip Stratford
105 Tay John O'Hagan, HowardHoward O'Hagan Morley, PatriciaPatricia Morley
106 Canadians of Old Aubert de Gaspé, PhilippePhilippe Aubert de Gaspé Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas
107 Headwaters of Canadian Literature MacMechan, ArchibaldArchibald MacMechan Parks, M. G.M. G. Parks
108 The Blue Mountains of China Wiebe, RudyRudy Wiebe Keith, W. J.W. J. Keith
109 The Hidden Mountain Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy Edwards, M. J.M. J. Edwards
110 The Heart of the Ancient Wood Roberts, Charles G. D.Charles G. D. Roberts Gold, JosephJoseph Gold
111 A Jest of God Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Killam, G. D.G. D. Killam
112 Self-Condemned Lewis, WyndhamWyndham Lewis Smith, Rowland J.Rowland J. Smith
113 Dust Over the City Langevin, AndréAndré Langevin Sutherland, RonaldRonald Sutherland
114 Our Daily Bread Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Spettigue, D. O.D. O. Spettigue
115 The Canadian Novel in the Twentieth Century Woodcock, GeorgeGeorge Woodcock Woodcock, GeorgeGeorge Woodcock
116 The Viking Heart Salverson, Laura GoodmanLaura Goodman Salverson Hopwood, AlisonAlison Hopwood
117 Down the Long Table Birney, EarleEarle Birney Nesbitt, BruceBruce Nesbitt
118 Glengarry School Days Connor, RalphRalph Connor Beharriell, S. RossS. Ross Beharriell
119 The Plouffe Family Lemelin, RogerRoger Lemelin Moss, JohnJohn Moss
120 Windflower Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy McMullen, LorraineLorraine McMullen
121 The Disinherited Cohen, MattMatt Cohen Moss, JohnJohn Moss
122 The Temptations of Big Bear Wiebe, RudyRudy Wiebe Bevan, AllanAllan Bevan
123 Pandora Fraser, SylviaSylvia Fraser Staines, DavidDavid Staines
124 House of Hate James, PercyPercy James Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence
125 A Candle to Light the Sun Blondal, PatriciaPatricia Blondal Ricou, LaurenceLaurence Ricou
126 This Side Jordan Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Killam, G. D.G. D. Killam
127 The Red Feathers Roberts, Theodore GoodridgeTheodore Goodridge Roberts Ware, MartinMartin Ware
128 I Am Mary Dunne Moore, BrianBrian Moore Kennedy, AlanAlan Kennedy
129 The Road Past Altamont Roy, GabrielleGabrielle Roy Marshall, JoyceJoyce Marshall
130 Knife on the Table Godbout, JacquesJacques Godbout Davies, GillianGillian Davies
131 The Manawaka World of Margaret Laurence Thomas, ClaraClara Thomas None
132 Consider Her Ways Grove, Frederick PhilipFrederick Philip Grove Spettigue, D. O.D. O. Spettigue
133 His Majesty's Yankees Raddall, Thomas HeadThomas Head Raddall Gray, JamesJames Gray
134 Jean Rivard Gérin-Lajoie, AntoineAntoine Gérin-Lajoie Bruce, VidaVida Bruce
135 Bogle Corbet Galt, JohnJohn Galt Waterston, ElizabethElizabeth Waterston
136 A Choice of Enemies Richler, MordecaiMordecai Richler Stovel, BruceBruce Stovel
137 Responses and Evaluations: Essays on Canada Brown, E. K.E. K. Brown Staines, DavidDavid Staines
138 The Master's Wife Macphail, AndrewAndrew Macphail Robertson, Ian RossIan Ross Robertson
139 The Cruelest Month Buckler, ErnestErnest Buckler Young, AlanAlan Young
140 The Atonement of Ashley Morden Bodsworth, FredFred Bodsworth Cole, D. W.D. W. Cole
141 Wild Animals I Have Known Seton, Ernest ThompsonErnest Thompson Seton Lucas, AlecAlec Lucas
142 Scann Harlow, RobertRobert Harlow Diotte, RobertRobert Diotte
143 On Poetry and Poets Smith, A. J. M.A. J. M. Smith Smith, A. J. M.A. J. M. Smith
144 Crackpot Wiseman, AdeleAdele Wiseman Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence
145 Sawbones Memorial Ross, SinclairSinclair Ross McMullen, LorraineLorraine McMullen
146 The Diviners Laurence, MargaretMargaret Laurence Staines, DavidDavid Staines
147 High Bright Buggy Wheels Creighton, LuellaLuella Creighton Macdonald, Rae McCarthyRae McCarthy Macdonald
148 Big Lonely (formerly The Lonely Ones) Bacque, JamesJames Bacque Bentley, D. M. R.D. M. R. Bentley
149 Wooden Hunters Cohen, MattMatt Cohen Moss, JohnJohn Moss
150 God's Sparrows Child, PhilipPhilip Child Duffy, DennisDennis Duffy
151 The Outlander Guèvremont, GermaineGermaine Guèvremont Mollica, AnthonyAnthony Mollica
152 Great Comic Book Heroes and Other Essays Richler, MordecaiMordecai Richler Fulford, RobertRobert Fulford


  1. Janet Friskney, "New Canadian Library," in Benson, Eugene and William Toye [eds.] The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997 (p. 794)
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