|Title:||In the Village of Viger|
|Publisher:||Copeland and Day|
|Tags:||Canadiana, fiction, short stories, New Canadian Library|
Set in the fictional village of Viger, Duncan Campbell Scott’s ten stories present a community torn apart by madness, festering jealousies, and lifelong animosities. From the almost demonic presence of “The Pedler” to the tender innocence of “The Bobolink” and the humour of “The Wooing of Monsieur Cuerrier,” the collection explores a rural village facing the darkness of its own future.
First published in 1896, In The Village of Viger is now recognized as a story cycle rather than merely a collection, hence standing at the beginning of a long tradition that includes such classics as Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Scott, Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) was a Canadian poet and author. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of a Methodist minister, he attended Stanstead Wesleyan College in Quebec. He aspired to be a concert pianist but family finances forced him to enter the federal civil service. He started working for the Indian Branch of the Department of the Interior in 1879. In the 1890s he began publishing poetry and novels. His early poetry was nothing special but over time he was influenced by his contacts with native people that he met through his career in the civil service. His content started to relate stories of native people but still it was heavily influenced by his own western and religious heritage. He also published a collection for short stories, In the Village of Viger, although tending towards romantic themes, the stories exhibit degrees of realism in story telling that were uncharacteristic for similar fiction of the time. Scott wrote a number of biographies and also helped to highlight the work of his friend, Archibald Lampman. Scott's literary legacy is somewhat tainted by his support for the Indian residential school system in Canada, a theme which runs through his entries in the encyclopedia, Canada and Its Provinces. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Encyclopædia Britannica)
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