Typed letter signed, enclosing four-page corrected typescript.

20 November 1976 Stock Code: 141423
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"By far the most important article I have ever written on a national subject"

Typed letter signed from the Canadian author and McGill English professor Hugh Maclennan to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), journalist and editor at the Toronto Star, enclosing his corrected typescript article on the 1976 Quebec general election for publication. Maclennan writes "Herewith my piece on the aftermath of the Quebec election... I have asked several French Canadians to read it and they think it's pretty well right. It of course leaves standing a great many question marks. I don't think it is too much to say that the tyranny of the electronic media in this country has become more than a menace; it threatens to make government impossible. As an example of power without responsibility it beats the conduct of the last of the old French kings... I do hope this can be syndicated. With all due modesty, I think it is by far the most important article I have ever written on a national subject".

Maclennan has corrected the typescript throughout, with ink and pencil alterations and insertions of words and punctuation, and editorial marks. He argues that the televising of politics has denigrated it: "ever since politics became a form of public entertainment on television we have been living through an unbroken series of crises manufactured by political prima donnas - the only ones who can succeed on the tube - abetted by eager media men willing to compromise the nation for the sake of a knock-out headline". He traces the continual exclusion of the lowly French Canadian through Canada's history. The election victory of René Lévesque and his Parti Québécois represents a surge of French Canadian feeling. Though the separatist feelings of the party are not widely shared, Maclennan fears Lévesque may be a Kerensky opening the door to "God knows what". Maclennan concludes that the anglophone Canadians must now understand and respect the emotions Lévesque has tapped if this is to be avoided.

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Typed letter signed on Maclennan's McGill University letterhead, together with original corrected typescript, 4 pages.


Light handling creasing; in excellent condition.


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