James Reaney was an influential Canadian poet and playwright whose works transform small-town Ontario into the realm of dream and symbol. Almost all his poems, stories, and plays are articulations of where he grew up in and around Stratford. At a young age he was interested in theatre and created a puppet show for children while in his early teens; this may explain "The Autobiography of a Marionette" (p. 40). Yet the theme of this collection is death and the futility of life; even an unborn child is travelling to the grave with its mother's heart ticking, measuring the time (p. 38). But for a truly macabre experience, read "The Coffins" (p. 60).
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Edition: First Edition
Date Published: 1949
Place Published: Toronto
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket: Yes
Jacket Condition: Fair
Details: Indian File: 3. 73 p. 21 cm. Black cloth spine with pictorial paper-covered boards. In mylar-covered cream, black, and burgundy dustjacket. Jacket has numerous chips and tape repairs and most of its spine is missing. Gold lettering chipping off spine. Signed by author on title page. Also signed by the dedicatee, the poet's wife Colleen Thibaudeau, on dedication page. Address label of Mrs. S. Thibaudeau on front free endpaper.