New Canadian Library
Parent companyMcClelland & Stewart
FounderJack McClelland and Malcolm Ross
Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationToronto
Publication typesBooks

The New Canadian Library is a publishing imprint of the Canadian company McClelland and Stewart. The series aims to present classic works of Canadian literature in paperback.[1] Each work published in the series includes a short essay by another notable Canadian writer, discussing the historical context and significance of the work. These essays were originally forewords, but after McClelland and Stewart's 1985 sale to Avie Bennett, the prefatory material was abandoned and replaced by afterwords.[2]

It was founded by Malcolm Ross with the intention of providing affordable material for his students; David Staines has been the general editor of the series since 1986. In 2007 the University of Toronto Press published New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952-1978, a work by Janet Beverly Friskney that provides an account of the New Canadian Library during the years of Ross's editorship.

Titles in the New Canadian Library

Numbered series

Originally, all titles in the series were numbered sequentially.

Title Author Foreword by
1 Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove Malcolm Ross
2 Such Is My Beloved Morley Callaghan Malcolm Ross
3 Literary Lapses Stephen Leacock Robertson Davies
4 As for Me and My House Sinclair Ross Roy Daniells
5 The Tin Flute Gabrielle Roy Hugo McPherson
6 The Clockmaker Thomas Chandler Haliburton Robert L. McDougall
7 The Last Barrier and Other Stories Charles G. D. Roberts Alec Lucas
8 Barometer Rising Hugh MacLennan Hugo McPherson
9 At the Tide's Turn and Other Stories Thomas Head Raddall Allan Bevan
10 Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich Stephen Leacock Ralph Curry
11 Habitant Poems William Henry Drummond Arthur Phelps
12 Thirty Acres Ringuet Albert LeGrand
13 Earth and High Heaven Gwethalyn Graham Eli Mandel
14 The Man from Glengarry Ralph Connor S. Ross Beharriell
15 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock Malcolm Ross
16 The Stepsure Letters Thomas McCulloch Northrop Frye
17 More Joy in Heaven Morley Callaghan Hugo McPherson
18 Wild Geese Martha Ostenso Carlyle King
19 The Master of the Mill Frederick Philip Grove R. E. Watters
20 The Imperialist Sara Jeannette Duncan Claude Bissell
21 Delight Mazo de la Roche Desmond Pacey
22 The Second Scroll A. M. Klein M. W. Steinberg
23 The Mountain and the Valley Ernest Buckler Claude Bissell
24 The Rich Man Henry Kreisel John Stedmond
25 Where Nests the Water Hen Gabrielle Roy Gordon Roper
26 The Town Below Roger Lemelin Glen Shortliffe
27 The History of Emily Montague Frances Brooke Carl Klinck
28 My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock George Whalley
29 Swamp Angel Ethel Wilson Desmond Pacey
30 Each Man's Son Hugh MacLennan Alec Lucas
31 Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie Carl Klinck
32 White Narcissus Raymond Knister Philip Child
33 They Shall Inherit the Earth Morley Callaghan F. W. Watt
34 Turvey Earle Birney George Woodcock
35 Nonsense Novels Stephen Leacock S. Ross Beharriell
36 Grain Robert J.C. Stead Thomas Saunders
37 Last of the Curlews Fred Bodsworth John Stevens
38 The Nymph and the Lamp Thomas Head Raddall John Matthews
39 Judith Hearne Brian Moore John Stedmond
40 The Cashier Gabrielle Roy W. C. Lougheed
41 Under the Ribs of Death John Marlyn Eli Mandel
42 Woodsmen of the West M. Allerdale Grainger Rupert Scheider
43 Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy Stephen Leacock Robertson Davies
44 Sarah Binks Paul Hiebert A. Lloyd Wheeler
45 Son of a Smaller Hero Mordecai Richler George Woodcock
46 Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada Anna Brownell Jameson Clara Thomas
47 Remember Me Edward Meade Norman Shrive
48 Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock David Dooley
49 Fruits of the Earth Frederick Philip Grove M. G. Parks
50 Settlers of the Marsh Frederick Philip Grove Thomas Saunders
51 The Backwoods of Canada Catharine Parr Traill Clara Thomas
52 Music at the Close Edward McCourt Allan Bevan
53 My Remarkable Uncle Stephen Leacock John Stevens
54 The Double Hook Sheila Watson John Grube
55 Tiger Dunlop's Upper Canada William Dunlop Carl Klinck
56 Street of Riches Gabrielle Roy Brandon Conron
57 Short Circuits Stephen Leacock David Dooley
58 Wacousta John Richardson Carl Klinck
59 The Stone Angel Margaret Laurence W. H. New
60 Further Foolishness Stephen Leacock D. W. Cole
61 Marchbanks' Almanack Robertson Davies Gordon Roper
62 The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories Sinclair Ross Margaret Laurence
63 The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts Desmond Pacey
64 The Canadian Settler's Guide Catharine Parr Traill Clara Thomas
65 The Golden Dog William Kirby Derek Crawley
66 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Mordecai Richler Allan Bevan
67 Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock Donald Cameron
68 A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder James De Mille R. E. Watters
69 Last Leaves Stephen Leacock J. M. Robinson
70 The Tomorrow-Tamer Margaret Laurence Clara Thomas
71 Odysseus Ever Returning George Woodcock W. H. New
72 The Curé of St. Philippe Francis William Grey Rupert Scheider
73 The Favourite Game Leonard Cohen Rowland J. Smith
74 Winnowed Wisdom Stephen Leacock None
75 The Seats of the Mighty Gilbert Parker Elizabeth Waterston
76 A Search for America Frederick Philip Grove Stanley E. McMullin
77 The Betrayal Henry Kreisel Sidney Warhaft
78 Mad Shadows Marie-Claire Blais Naïm Kattan
79 The Incomparable Atuk Mordecai Richler Malcolm Ross
80 The Luck of Ginger Coffey Brian Moore Keath Fraser
81 Essays, Controversies and Poems John Sutherland Miriam Waddington
82 Peace Shall Destroy Many Rudy Wiebe J. M. Robinson
83 A Voice from the Attic Robertson Davies Robert Cockburn
84 Next Episode (Prochain épisode) Hubert Aquin Ronald Sutherland
85 Roger Sudden Thomas Head Raddall J. R. Leitold
86 Mist on the River Hubert Evans W. H. New
87 The Fire-Dwellers Margaret Laurence Allan Bevan
88 The Deserter Douglas LePan F. W. Watt
89 Antoinette de Mirecourt Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon Carl Klinck
90 Allegro Félix Leclerc Elizabeth Jones
91 The End of the World and Other Stories Mavis Gallant Robert Weaver
92 In the Village of Viger and Other Stories Duncan Campbell Scott Stan Dragland
93 The Edible Woman Margaret Atwood Alan Dawe
94 In Search of Myself Frederick Philip Grove D. O. Spettigue
95 Feast of Stephen Stephen Leacock None
96 A Bird in the House Margaret Laurence Robert Gibbs
97 The Wooden Sword Edward McCourt Winnifred Bogaards
98 Pride's Fancy Thomas Head Raddall Fred Cogswell
99 Ox Bells and Fireflies Ernest Buckler Alan Young
100 Above Ground Jack Ludwig Margaret Laurence
101 New Priest in Conception Bay Robert Lowell Patrick O'Flaherty
102 The Flying Years Frederick Niven Jan de Bruyn
103 Wind Without Rain Selwyn Dewdney John Stevens
104 Tête Blanche Marie-Claire Blais Philip Stratford
105 Tay John Howard O'Hagan Patricia Morley
106 Canadians of Old Philippe Aubert de Gaspé Clara Thomas
107 Headwaters of Canadian Literature Archibald MacMechan M. G. Parks
108 The Blue Mountains of China Rudy Wiebe W. J. Keith
109 The Hidden Mountain Gabrielle Roy M. J. Edwards
110 The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts Joseph Gold
111 A Jest of God Margaret Laurence G. D. Killam
112 Self-Condemned Wyndham Lewis Rowland J. Smith
113 Dust Over the City André Langevin Ronald Sutherland
114 Our Daily Bread Frederick Philip Grove D. O. Spettigue
115 The Canadian Novel in the Twentieth Century George Woodcock George Woodcock
116 The Viking Heart Laura Salverson Alison Hopwood
117 Down the Long Table Earle Birney Bruce Nesbitt
118 Glengarry School Days Ralph Connor S. Ross Beharriell
119 The Plouffe Family Roger Lemelin John Moss
120 Windflower Gabrielle Roy Lorraine McMullen
121 The Disinherited Matt Cohen John Moss
122 The Temptations of Big Bear Rudy Wiebe Allan Bevan
123 Pandora Sylvia Fraser David Staines
124 House of Hate Percy Janes Margaret Laurence
125 A Candle to Light the Sun Patricia Blondal Laurence Ricou
126 This Side Jordan Margaret Laurence G. D. Killam
127 The Red Feathers Theodore Goodridge Roberts Martin Ware
128 I Am Mary Dunne Brian Moore Alan Kennedy
129 The Road Past Altamont Gabrielle Roy Joyce Marshall
130 Knife on the Table Jacques Godbout Gillian Davies
131 The Manawaka World of Margaret Laurence Clara Thomas None
132 Consider Her Ways Frederick Philip Grove D. O. Spettigue
133 His Majesty's Yankees Thomas Head Raddall James Gray
134 Jean Rivard Antoine Gérin-Lajoie Vida Bruce
135 Bogle Corbet John Galt Elizabeth Waterston
136 A Choice of Enemies Mordecai Richler Bruce Stovel
137 Responses and Evaluations: Essays on Canada E. K. Brown David Staines
138 The Master's Wife Andrew Macphail Ian Ross Robertson
139 The Cruelest Month Ernest Buckler Alan Young
140 The Atonement of Ashley Morden Fred Bodsworth D. W. Cole
141 Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton Alec Lucas
142 Scann Robert Harlow Robert Diotte
143 On Poetry and Poets A. J. M. Smith A. J. M. Smith
144 Crackpot Adele Wiseman Margaret Laurence
145 Sawbones Memorial Sinclair Ross Lorraine McMullen
146 The Diviners Margaret Laurence David Staines
147 High Bright Buggy Wheels Luella Creighton Rae McCarthy Macdonald
148 Big Lonely (formerly The Lonely Ones) James Bacque D. M. R. Bentley
149 Wooden Hunters Matt Cohen John Moss
150 God's Sparrows Philip Child Dennis Duffy
151 The Outlander Germaine Guèvremont Anthony Mollica
152 Great Comic Book Heroes and Other Essays Mordecai Richler Robert Fulford
153 Beautiful Losers Leonard Cohen Stan Dragland
154 The Emperor of Ice-Cream Brian Moore Patrick Moore
155 Garden in the Wind Gabrielle Roy Dennis Cooley
156 The Scorched Wood People Rudy Wiebe [[| ]]
157 The Lost Salt Gift of Blood Alistair MacLeod Joyce Carol Oates
158 Lord Nelson Tavern Ray Smith [[| ]]
159 Everything in the Window Shirley Faessler [[| ]]
160 The Camera Always Lies Hugh Hood [[| ]]
161 The Selena Tree Patricia Joudry [[| ]]
162 Watchers at the Pond Franklin Russell [[| ]]
163 Two in the Bush and Other Stories Audrey Thomas [[| ]]
164 Bloody Harvest Grahame Woods [[| ]]
165 The Neighbour and Other Stories Naim Kattan [[| ]]
166 The Manuscripts of Pauline Archange Marie-Claire Blais [[| ]]
167 Sandbars Oonah McFee [[| ]]
168 Selected Stories John Metcalf [[| ]]
169 The Angel of the Tar Sands Rudy Wiebe [[| ]]
170 The Innocent Traveller Ethel Wilson [[| ]]
171 The Sweet Second Summer of Kitty Malone Matt Cohen [[| ]]
172 Bear Marian Engel Aritha van Herk
173 Spirit Wrestler James Houston [[| ]]
174 The Coming of Winter David Adams Richards Rick Hillis
175 Five Legs and Communion Graeme Gibson [[| ]]
176 Laugh with Leacock Stephen Leacock [[| ]]
177 The Book of Eve Constance Beresford-Howe [[| ]]
178 The Channel Shore Charles Bruce [[| ]]
179 Amongst Thistles and Thorns Austin Clarke [[| ]]
180 Flowers of Darkness Matt Cohen [[| ]]
181 The New Ancestors Dave Godfrey [[| ]]
182 Judith Aritha van Herk [[| ]]
183 St. Lawrence Blues Marie-Claire Blais [[| ]]
184 Blood Ties David Adams Richards Merna Summers
185 St. Urbain's Horseman Mordecai Richler Guy Vanderhaeghe
186 The Lark in the Clear Air Dennis T. Patrick Sears [[| ]]
187 Lives of Short Duration David Adams Richards Alistair MacLeod
188 A Population of One Constance Beresford-Howe [[| ]]
189 Lunatic Villas Marian Engel [[| ]]
190 Cocksure Mordecai Richler Margaret Drabble
191 The Township of Time Charles Bruce [[| ]]
192 Bayo Chipman Hall [[| ]]
193 The Sparrow's Fall Fred Bodsworth [[| ]]
194 The Tiger in the Tiger Pit Janette Turner Hospital [[| ]]
195 The Mangan Inheritance Brian Moore Christopher Ricks
196 The Tent Peg Aritha van Herk [[| ]]

Unnumbered series

Books published in the collection after the sequential numbering ceased were:

Title Author Essay
The Acrobats Mordecai Richler Ted Kotcheff
Across the Bridge Mavis Gallant Robertson Davies
The Afterlife of George Cartwright John Steffler Renée Hulan
The Alley Cat Yves Beauchemin Kenneth Radu
Ancient Lineage and Other Stories Morley Callaghan William Kennedy
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery Margaret Atwood
Any Time at All and Other Stories Joyce Marshall Timothy Findley
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories Alistair MacLeod Jane Urquhart
Black Robe Brian Moore Marilyn Bowering
Deep Hollow Creek Sheila Watson Jane Urquhart
Digging Up the Mountains Neil Bissoondath David Staines
Emily Climbs Lucy Maud Montgomery Jane Urquhart
Emily of New Moon Lucy Maud Montgomery Alice Munro
Emily's Quest Lucy Maud Montgomery P. K. Page
The Equations of Love Ethel Wilson Alice Munro
Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace David Adams Richards Wayne Johnston
Execution Colin McDougall Warren Cariou
A Father's Kingdom Sheila Watson Glenn Wilmott
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry Pico Iyer
For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down David Adams Richards Joan Clark
Good Bones Margaret Atwood Rosemary Sullivan
Hetty Dorval Ethel Wilson Northrop Frye
The Invention of the World Jack Hodgins George McWhirter
Joshua Then and Now Mordecai Richler Eric Wright
The Kissing Man George Elliott Bonnie Burnard
Life in the Clearings versus the Bush Susanna Moodie Carol Shields
Light Shining Out of Darkness and Other Stories Hugh Hood John Metcalf
Love and Salt Water Ethel Wilson Anne Marriott
Man Descending Guy Vanderhaeghe Leo McKay Jr.
The Man from the Creeks Robert Kroetsch
The Moslem Wife and Other Stories Mavis Gallant Mordecai Richler
Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories Ethel Wilson David Stouck
Murder in the Dark Margaret Atwood Steven Heighton
My Financial Career and Other Follies Stephen Leacock David Staines
Nights Below Station Street David Adams Richards P. K. Page
No Love Lost Alice Munro Jane Urquhart
Perpetual Motion Graeme Gibson Ramsay Cook
The Prophet's Camel Bell Margaret Laurence Clara Thomas
The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne Jack Hodgins Iain Higgins
Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje Nicole Brossard
The Sacrifice Adele Wiseman
A Season in the Life of Emmanuel Marie-Claire Blais Nicole Brossard
Solomon Gursky Was Here Mordecai Richler
Spit Delaney's Island Jack Hodgins Robert Bringhurst
The Street Mordecai Richler William Weintraub
Such a Long Journey Rohinton Mistry Alberto Manguel
Surfacing Margaret Atwood Marie-Claire Blais
Tales from Firozsha Baag Rohinton Mistry W. H. New
Tales from the Uncertain Country and Other Stories Jacques Ferron
Two Solitudes Hugh MacLennan Robert Kroetsch
The Whirlpool Jane Urquhart Lynn Coady
Who Has Seen the Wind W. O. Mitchell Robert Kroetsch

Poetry collections

Canadian writers


  1. ^ Janet B. Friskney, New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952-1978. University of Toronto Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8020-9746-0.
  2. ^ Janet Friskney, "New Canadian Library," in Benson, Eugene and William Toye [eds.] The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997 (p. 794)
  3. ^ a b "The NCL Complete Numbered List". Archived from the original on 2018-08-12.