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Brébeuf and His Brethren

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Title:Brébeuf and His Brethren
Pratt, E. J. (Edwin John Dove)   
(2 of 11 for author by title)
The Fable of the Goats and Other Poems
Behind the Log
Published:   1940
Publisher:The MacMillan Company of Canada Limited
Tags:Canadiana, Governor General's Literary Award, North American indigenous peoples, non-fiction, poetry

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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Author Bio for Pratt, E. J. (Edwin John Dove)

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Edwin John "E.J." Pratt (1882-1964) was a famous Canadian poet. He was born in Newfoundland. His father was a Methodist minister who moved around different outport communities preaching to fishers, whalers, and sealers. Pratt himself worked as a preacher and like his father worked in remote communities in Ontario and in the Prairies. In 1913, he attended Victoria College in Toronto where he excelled at divinity and philosophy. He eventually became a professor at Victoria College teaching philosophy and English. Pratt published his first collection of poetry in 1923 called "Newfoundland verse". His reputation as a major Canadian poet rests on his narrative poems which mythologize the Canadian experience. He was a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry and has been called "the foremost Canadian poet of the first half of the 20th century." (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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