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Edited by Lorraine McMullen.

Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, c1982.
152pp, paper, $6.00.
ISBN 2-7603-4388-X.

Reviewed by Warner Winter.

Volume 11 Number 1.
1983 January.

The University of Ottawa initiated a symposium series in 1973 as a means of directing the attention of scholars to Canadian authors meriting reassessment. The university decided that not enough critical work had been done on Ethel Wilson, and hence the 1981 symposium on her was intended more as an assessment rather than a reassessment. This book is the result; it contains papers by thirteen scholars.

Wilson is approached from a variety of angles. Her background is looked at, her manuscript collection at the University of British Columbia is discussed. There is a good paper on her first novel, Hetty Dorval, given by Beverly Mitchell of the University of Alberta; there is a feminist reading of her work, a look at her craft, and an interesting contribution from an American observing Wilson from a U.S. perspective.

As one would expect from a symposium, we get a lot of praise and very little criticism. Nor do we get a great deal of close textual analyses. Ethel Wilson's output was not large, but her stories and novels are still read today. This book provides a useful evaluation.

Warner Winter, Emery CI, West on, ON.
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