Frederick Philip Grove

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  • Colin Hill (University of Toronto)

Frederick Philip Grove was, under his German name, Felix Paul Greve, a minor turn-of-the-century German poet, novelist, translator, and playwright. Later, under the name by which he is more commonly known, he became one of the most prolific and significant Canadian writers of the early twentieth century. He wrote some of Canada's best-known novels of the period, and was a founder of the realist tradition in modern Canadian fiction. More than half a century after his death, Grove remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Much of the considerable critical interest he has generated centres on his problematic identity, which he deliberately falsified and obscured. His novels, which are at once eclectic, ambitious, experimental, and …

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Hill, Colin. "Frederick Philip Grove". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 July 2004
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