Raymond Knister (1119 words)

Colin Hill (University of Toronto)
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Raymond Knister was a leading writer of experimental Canadian fiction and poetry in the 1920s. Despite his pioneering role as modernist and modern realist, Knister’s work has never received the attention that it merits, and his literary reputation has yet to be firmly established. While most of the criticism of his work focuses upon his collected poetry and his first published novel, White Narcissus (1929), he was remarkably versatile and prolific. In his decade-long career, he produced about one hundred poems, nearly as many short stories and sketches, four novels, and dozens of critical works, including essays, book reviews, editorials, and a landmark anthology of Canadian short fiction.

Knister was born to farming p…

Citation: Hill, Colin. "Raymond Knister". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 July 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2542, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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