NCL 33 – They Shall Inherit the Earth by Morley Callaghan


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They Shall Inherit the Earth by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N33)

Series One

From the Back Cover:

Morley Callaghan has long been noted for his sympathetic understanding of social problems. This story, set against the background of the Thirties, tells of a father and his estranged son who are implicated in a not-so-accidental drowning, and the frustrated hopes and ruined lives that result. Everyone concerned with the whole problem of human freedom in a complicated society will find in They Shall Inherit the Earth a careful probing of one of the central issues of life. Is a man really free to make decisions? Is he fully responsible for his own actions?


They Shall Inherit the Earth by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N33)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

This story, [by Morley Callaghan] set against the background of the Thirties, tells of a father and his estranged son who are implicated in a not-so-accidental drowning, and the frustrated hopes and ruined lives that result. Everyone concerned with the whole problem of human freedom in a complicated society will find in They Shall Inherit the Earth a careful probing of one of the central issues of life. Is a man really free to make decisions? Is he fully responsible for his own actions?


They Shall Inherit the Earth by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N33)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

“Callaghan possesses the authentic powers of the novelist to a greater extent than any other Canadian writer…” – Ottawa Citizen

This is the story of a father and his son, and a tragic accident that changed both their lives.

It is a story about fate and the terrible and permanent effects of a single decision made in a split-second one summer day.

It is a story about the lives people lived in Canada in the Thirties–lives marked by the earnest naivety, the financial desperation, and the wild gaiety of the times.

Finally, it is a story about conscience–about the moment when one man discovers he could no longer escape the truth about himself.

First published on 1934, They Shall Inherit the Earth led to Morley Callaghan’s reputation as a writer of international stature.


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