principal reason for the existence of this edition
and the series of which it is a
part is the generosity of the taxpayers of Ontario
and Canada through the Academic Development Fund
of the University of Western Ontario and the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunities that
this generosity and these institutions have afforded
me to pursue my programme of research, teaching,
and publication on Canadian poetry and related
regards the libraries and librarians that have
made this edition possible, my greatest debts
are to the National Archives of Canada and the
staff of its manuscript reading room; to the W.A.C.
Bennett Library at Simon Fraser University and
to the staff of its Special Collections and Rare
Books Room, particularly Gene Bridwell and Charles
Watts; to the D.B. Weldon Library of the University
of Western Ontario and the staffs of its Special
and Regional Collections and Inter-Library Loan
services, particularly John Lutman, Guy St. Denis,
Theresa Regnier, David Murphy, Sharon Engel, Laurraine
Pastorius, and Cynthia Davis; to the Library and
Archives of Trinity College, University of Toronto,
particularly L.W. Corman and Henri
Pilon; and to Anne Gow of the Central Library
of London, Ontario.
am also grateful to numerous other people for
assistance of different kinds: to Kathy Hacon
for entering and formatting the edition on the
computers of the Canadian Poetry Project; to Gerard
Stafleu, R. J. Shroyer, and Rick Harley for their
computing expertise; to Christopher Brown, D.
S. Hair, J.M. Zezulka, Michael Gnarowski, Konrad
Gross and Niels Aulike for much useful information
and discussion; and to L.R. Early for many valuable
suggestions for the improvement of the edition.
As always, my gratitude to my family, Susan, Michael,
Simon, and Diana, transcends public acknowledgement.
this edition is dedicated to my wisest teacher,
Malcolm Ross, who has been an unfailing source
of information, advice, and help since the day
I entered his seminar on Victorian poetry at Dalhousie
University in September 1969. My debts to him
can never be repaid.