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CALLAGHAN, Morley.

[Signed typescript of:] "Canada: Always a Beauty in its Changing Face".

1972 Stock Code: 141417
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Original typescript by the Canadian novelist Morley Callaghan (1903-1990), signed at the head of the first page, of his article "Canada: Always a Beauty in its Changing Face". The typescript was sent to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), journalist at the Toronto Star, where it was published in the 30 December 1972 issue as part of "Four outstanding Canadian novelists set down their thoughts about Canada as we enter the new year of 1973". Gardner retained the typescript along with his corrected proof sheets of the article, and an autograph letter signed from Callaghan which enclosed an additional typed sheet for correction, where his typist had omitted a passage. The envelope housing it is also signed "from Morley Callaghan" in his hand.

Callaghan's article is initially a pessimistic analysis that Canada has lost its spirit. He bemoans that the students of the day had lost their restless militancy of the previous decade, and that worldwide "everyone seemed to be happily free from all sense of moral outrage". Canadians had lost their idealism and become materialist, including Pierre Trudeau who fought the 1972 election "like a successful and satisfied little shop keeper incapable of lifting the hearts of men". There is a sense that under United States pressure they are victims and losers. Callaghan then turns to optimism, writing that he hopes the new year will bring a revival of a national spirit, not simply anti-Americanism or harking back to their grandfather's time, but instead one that "would look at the country in all its wild grandeur with all its new people and see that such a land must always be changing and becoming something new, and always with a new beauty in its changing face... I know I'll be waiting with that primitive eagerness for the new day, with its new promise and new hope that remarkable individuals will appear who will make it glamorous for men to start respecting themselves. If this happens, then, in our new discovered dignity and self-respect, we'll find a sense of moral outrage".

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Description

5 page typescript, stapled at top left corner, additional typed page for correction, 1 page autograph letter, all retained in the original envelope addressed in Morley's hand. Together with corrected proofsheets of article in 3 broadside pages.

Condition

In excellent condition.

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