NCL 105 – Tay John by Howard O’Hagan


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Tay John  was not included in Series One.


Tay John by Howard O'Hagan (New Canadian Library N105) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

Rich with natural symbolism mined from the deep recesses of the human psyche, Tay John is a novelistic foray into the primitive area of man’s violent nature. The gripping story of a legendary, messianic half-breed resonates with mythic and biblical themes, probing the depths of man’s heart. Ranging broadly in mood, Howard O’Hagan portrays tragedy, farce, poetic nobility and slapstick comedy, the awesome terrain of the Rocky Mountains serving as backdrop to the events.

Published originally in 1939, Tay John is an authentic, strong and compelling portrayal of Canada’s north-west. Even more, it is a wondering exploration of the austere mystery of man’s nature and the mystic powers that shape it.


Tay John by Howard O'Hagan (New Canadian Library N105)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

A symbolic portrait of a man, an era, and the enduring Canadian wilderness.

The awesome terrain of the Rocky Mountains is the setting for this extraordinary novel, a powerful story that blends history and legend to relate the compelling tale of a man who defied his destiny. Tay John was a golden-skinned, yellow-haired halfbreed, fated to lead his people to their Promised land…until he turned to the mountains to seek his own truths. This is a richly populated novel, vividly depicting the strange and rootless men and women who found their way to the Canadian Northwest. It is a novel that ranges over all aspects of the human mind and heart, incorporating tragedy and triumph, hatred and passion, poetry and myth.

Now in its fourth printing, Tay John is recognized as an enduring classic of Canadian literature.

Howard O’Hagan has published numerous novels and short stories, all set in the Canadian mountain wilderness.


Tay John by Howard O'Hagan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

The awesome terrain of the Rocky Mountains is the setting for this extraordinary novel about a heroic man who boldly defies destiny. Tay John, a messianic halfbreed, is fated to lead his people to their Promised Land. In a rebellious act of will, he turns to the mountains to seek his own truths.

This richly populated novel vividly depicts the exotic and rootless people who wound their way to the Canadian Northwest. It is a powerful modern legend that ranges over all aspects of the human heart and mind, incorporating passion and hatred, tragedy and triumph. [Howard O’Hagan]


Tay John by Howard O'Hagan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

Tay John is the mythic and powerful story of a man who defies destiny in the act of rebellious free will. A messianic halfbreed, Tay John is fated to lead his people to their Promised Land, but turns to the terrain of the Rocky Mountains to seek his own truths. Howard O’Hagan’s novel captures with great vividness the exotic, rootless people who wound their way to the Canadian Northwest, and creates a modern legend that ranges over all aspects of the human heart.

Few novels get as close to such raw power as Tay John does.” – Michael Ondaatje


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