New Press Canadian Classics

New Press Canadian Classics Collage

New Press Canadian Classics Collage

The New Press Canadian Classics is, or more precisely, was an imprint of General Publishing Co. Ltd. of Toronto. It was a distribution company for its own imprints as well as dozens of other small Canadian publishing houses. General was owned by Jack Stoddart of Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd. General and Stoddart both published editions of the New Press Canadian Classics. The books were identical except for the logos that appeared on the book spines and company identifications on the copyright pages.

The NPCC began distribution in the early 1980s to compete with the New Canadian Library. The imprint published 58 books in total before bowing out in the mid-nineties. The books contained a large variety of Canadian authors including many that would be published by the NCL after the NPCC disappeared. Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family, and Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes are examples.

Like the Series Four and Series Five books of the NCL, the NPCC used paintings to decorate the covers of their books. Each title in the NPCC had a famous Canadian painting take up a majority of the front cover, and added a smaller image of the same painting on the back cover as well. Books came in a variety of colours including: purple, black, brown, blue and green.

New Press Canadian Classics

Book CoverBook TitleAuthor
A New Athens The New Age: Volume TwoHugh Hood
A North American EducationClark Blaise
Alex Driving SouthKeith Maillard
AlibiRobert Kroetsch
An Answer From LimboBrian Moore
New Press Canadian Classics Badlands Book CoverBadlandsRobert Kroetsch
Barclay Family TheatreJack Hodgins
Basic Black with PearlsHelen Weinzweig
Black and White KeysHugh Hood
Burning WaterGeorge Bowering
Canadian Poetry NowKen Norris (Editor)
New Press Canadian Classics Canadian Poetry Volume One Book CoverCanadian Poetry Volume OneJack David & Robert Lecker (Editors)
New Press Canadian Classics Canadian Poetry Volume Two Book CoverCanadian Poetry Volume TwoJack David & Robert Lecker (Editors)
New Press Canadian Classics Coming Through Slaughter Book CoverComing Through SlaughterMichael Ondaatje
Cutting ThroughKeith Maillard
Each Man's SonHugh MacLennan
New Press Canadian Classics Fat Woman Book CoverFat WomanLeon Rooke
HéloïseAnne Hébert
I Do Remember the FallM. T. Kelly
In the Shadow of the WindAnne Hébert
New Press Canadian Classics Intertidal Life Book Cover Intertidal LifeAudrey Thomas
It Is Always SummerDavid Helwig
JenniferDavid Helwig
New Press Canadian Classics Kamouraska Book CoverKamouraksaAnne Hébert
New Press Canadian Classics My Heart Is Broken Book CoverMy Heart Is BrokenMavis Gallant
Night TravellersSandra Birdsell
Nights in the UndergroundMarie-Claire Blais
NormanGwendolyn MacEwen
Painted LadiesH. R. Percy
New Press Canadian Classics Pélage Book CoverPélageAntonine Maillet
Racing TidesMartin Kevan
New Press Canadian Classics Reservoir Ravine The New Age Volume Three Book CoverReservoir Ravine The New Age: Volume ThreeHugh Hood
New Press Canadian Classics Running in the Family Book CoverRunning in the FamilyMichael Ondaatje
New Press Canadian Classics Shakespeare's Dog Book CoverShakespeare’s DogLeon Rooke
SurfacingMargaret Atwood
The AntiphonaryHubert Aquin
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and Other PlaysGeorge Ryga
New Press Canadian Classics The Expatriate Book CoverThe ExpatriateMatt Cohen
The Glass KnightDavid Helwig
The Kissing ManGeorge Elliott
The Knife in My HandsKeith Maillard
The Madman, the Kite & the IslandFélix Leclerc
The Marriage BedConstance Beresford-Howe
New Press Canadian Classics The New Press Anthology #1 Best Canadian Short Fiction Book CoverThe New Press Anthology: #1 Best Canadian Short FictionJohn Metcalf & Leon Rooke (Editors)
The New Press Anthology: #2 Best StoriesJohn Metcalf & Leon Rooke (Editors)
The Studhorse ManRobert Kroetsch
The Swing in the Garden The New Age: Volume OneHugh Hood
New Press Canadian Classics The Watch that Ends the Night Book CoverThe Watch that Ends the NightHugh MacLennan
The Tale of Don l'OriginalAntonine Maillet
Tribal JusticeClark Blaise
Two SolitudesHugh MacLennan
Two Strand RiverKeith Maillard
Voices in TimeHugh MacLennan
Wabeno FeastWayland Drew
What the Crow SaidRobert Kroetsch
White Figure, White GroundHugh Hood
You Can't Get There From HereHugh Hood
Various MiraclesCarol Shields

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