The Dusty Bookcase: A Journey Through Canada's Forgotten, Neglected and Suppressed Writing

The Dusty Bookcase: A Journey Through Canada's Forgotten, Neglected and Suppressed Writing

by Brian Busby


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Largely drawn from his columns for Canadian Notes & Queries and entries in his popular blog by the same name, Brian Busby's The Dusty Bookcase explores the fascinating world of Canada's lesser-known literary efforts: works that suffered censorship, critical neglect, or brilliant yet fleeting notoriety. These rare and quirky totems of Canadiana, collected over the last three decades, form a travel diary of sorts—yet one without maps. Covering more than 250 books, peppered with observations on the writing and publishing scenes, Busby's work explores our cultural past, questioning why certain works are celebrated and others ignored.

Brilliantly illustrated with covers and ephemera related to the titles discussed, The Dusty Bookcase draws much needed attention to unknown writing worthy of our attention, and some of our acclaim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771961684
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brian Busby's books include Character Parts: Who's Really Who in CanLit, In Flanders Fields, and Other Poems of the First World War, and numerous titles written under cover of noms de plume. His proudest achievement is A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memoirist, Translator and Pornographer, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Gabrielle Roy Prize. He and his wife currently live in St. Mary's, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Allen 17

Award-Winners 35

Bigots & Businessmen 55

Catholics & Clergymen 81

Dicks & Drugs 113

Erotica, Porn, Perversion, & Ribaldry 137

Future Past 151

Goth 169

The Millars 187

Moore 203

Politics 217

Pop & Pulp 233

Romance 271

Strange Sisters & Lavender Men 297

True Crime 309

Verse 317

War 329

The Writing Life 343

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