The Red Heart


The Red Heart


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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 in "Dark Lagoon" (p. 38). But for a truly macabre experience, read "The Coffins" (p. 60).

Publication Info

  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1949
  • Place Published: Toronto
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Fine
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: Yes
  • Jacket Condition: Poor
  • Details:
    Indian File: 3. 73 p. 21 cm. Black cloth spine with patterned paper boards. Top edge purple. In mylar-covered dustjacket with section missing from rear panel. Chips and tears to edges and spine end of jacket and dampstains to top corners.

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