Sinclair Ross: As For Me and My House

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  • Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto)

Although received favourably by critics, As For Me and My House sold very poorly upon its first release in 1941. A Canadian effort released in the United States by Reynal and Hitchcock with very little publicity, Sinclair Ross’s first novel was noted for its rather depressing interrelated themes of infidelity and the dust-bowl prairies. The book’s narrator, Mrs. Bentley, tells her story in journal form, leading one reviewer to refer to the author as “Miss Ross”.

Revived in 1957 by McClelland & Stewart as part of its New Canadian Library (NCL) launch, the book rekindled critical attention and has since enjoyed a robust publishing life, due mostly to sales to students. An oft-repeated claim is that this is the …

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Lesk, Andrew. "As For Me and My House". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 June 2005
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