Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series

Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series Collage

Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series Collage

The Clarke Irwin Paperback series began publication in 1963 and had its demise in 1970. There is an argument on whether this series was a direct competitor to the NCL as most of the 38* books in the series were not books of fiction. The series did not restrict its titles to novels and short stories as the bulk of the NCL did. It published art books, autobiographies, histories, and the occasional novel and play.

But saying that it did somewhat compete with the NCL since the company did publish these books with an idea on the educational market in which the NCL concentrated back in the decades after WWII. Robertson Davies had his first publication with Clarke Irwin. Other titles such as A Gentlewoman of Upper Canada by Anne Langton brought to mind Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Traill and Anna Brownell Jameson. Clarke Irwin’s biggest sales came in textbooks, but these paperbacks also made their imprint on Canadians and therefore deserve a place along side the New Press Canadian Classics, Laurentian Library, and Macmillan Paperbacks as competitors to the NCL.

Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series

Book Cover#Book TitleAuthor
1Leaven of MaliceRobertson Davies
2A Painter's CountryA. Y. Jackson
3A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals of Anne LangtonAnne Langton, H. H. Langton [Editor]
4The FirebrandWilliam Kilbourn
5The Flying Bull and Other TalesWatson Kirkconnell
6Canada: A Modern StudyRamsay Cook, with John T. Saywell, John C. Ricker
7Angel of Hudson BayWilliam Ashley Anderson
8The Story of the Iliad as Told in the IliadE. T. Owen
9Klee WyckEmily Carr
10King Lear: A Tragic Reading of LifeJohn M. Lothian
11Tempest-TostRobertson Davies
12Manifest Destiny: A Short History of the United StatesMcNaught, Saywell, and Ricker
13The Tiger of Canada WestW. H. Graham
14Three Against the WildernessEric Collier
15The SaskatchewanMarjorie Wilkins Campbell
16The FraserBruce Hutchison
17Land of the Long DayDoug Wilkinson
18The Diary of Samuel MarchbanksRobertson Davies
19How Are We Governed?Ricker and Saywell
20The Book of SmallEmily Carr
21Canada's Fighting PilotsEd Cosgrove
Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperbacks Bousille and the Just Book Cover22Bousille and the JustGratien Gélinas
23The Shape of ScandalRichard Gwyn
24Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily CarrEmily Carr
Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperbacks The House of All Sorts Book Cover25The House of All SortsEmily Carr
26The Table Talk of Samuel MarchbanksRobertson Davies
27Tit-CoqGratien Gélinas
Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperbacks Yesterday the Children Were Dancing Book Cover28Yesterday the Children Were DancingGratien Gélinas
29So Little For the MindHilda Neatby
30Four Favourite PlaysRobertson Davies
31The Old Judge, or, Life in a ColonyThomas Chandler Haliburton
32Sherbourne StreetJohn Cornish
33The Prime Imperatives: Priorities in EducationAlexander Israel Wittenberg
34New Canadian Writing 1968Stein, Blais and Godfrey
35A Scotsman of Upper Canada: The Narrative of Gordon SellarRobert Sellar
36New Canadian Writing 1969Metcalf, Spettigue and Newman
37The Sam Slick AnthologyThomas Chandler Haliburton, selected by Watters, edited by Avis
38Georgian Bay: The Sixth Great LakeJames Barry
Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperbacks Book Cover44RiverrunPeter Such

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  1. Since I have not come to the time when I will be making a book covers page of The Competition to the NCL, I haven’t a need for that image as of yet. In the future that might change. Thank you for the offer you have been a great help.

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