|Title:||Brébeuf and His Brethren|
|Publisher:||The MacMillan Company of Canada Limited|
|Tags:||Governor General's Literary Award, poetry, North American Indians|
A blank-verse epic on the mission of Jean de Brébeuf and his seven fellow Jesuits, the North American Martyrs, to the Hurons in the 17th century; their founding of Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons; and their eventual martyrdom by the Iroquois. “Pratt's research-oriented methodology is made clear in the precise diction and detailed, documentary-style recounting of events and observation in this, his first attempt to write a national epic; but in his ethnocentrism Pratt presents the Jesuit priests as an enclave of civilization beleaguered by savages.” Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye has said that Brébeuf expresses “the central tragic theme of the Canadian imagination.” [Suggest a different description.]
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