The Ontario farmland described with arresting clarity inWhite Narcissusis, despite its beauty and abundance, ""a place of choked vistas"" where bitterness and rivalry have taken root. Against this backdrop Raymond Knister portrays the triumph of longing over despair, as his hero, Richard Milne, struggles to redeem his childhood sweetheart from the spiritual imprisonment of her parents' home. First published in 1929,White Narcissuswas a groundbreaking work in the development of the Canadian realist novel, fusing Knister's imagistic sensibility with the deeply felt experience of a real time and place. Knister died tragically at the age of thirty-three, before his contribution was recognized in his own country and before the full potential of his remarkable talent could be realized.
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New Canadian Library
September 30, 1996
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