The Greatest Canadian Literature of All Time

160 works from 1800 to 2010 CE
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1832
Wacousta
John Richardson
Canada
Novel
1836
The Sayings and Doings of Sam Slick
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Canada
Novel
 
The Clockmaker
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Canada
Novel
 
The Backwoods of Canada
Catherine Parr Traill
Canada
Letters
1852
Roughing It in the Bush
Susanna Moodie
Canada
Memoir
1886
In Divers Tones
Charles G.D. Roberts
Canada
Poetry
1893
Low Tide on Grand Pre
Bliss Carmen
Canada
Poetry
 
The Magic House and Other Poems
Duncan Campbell Scott
Canada
Poetry
1895
Lyrics of Earth
Archibald Lampman
Canada
Poetry
1902
The Man from Glengarry
Ralph Connor
Canada
Novel
1904
The Imperialist
Sarah Jeannette Duncan
Canada
Novel
1907
Songs of a Sourdough
Robert Service
Canada
Poetry
1908
Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maude Montgomery
Canada
Novel
1921
Maria Chapdelaine
Louis Hémon
Canada
Novel
1923
Newfoundland Verse
E.J. Pratt
Canada
Poetry
1925
Settlers of the Marsh
Frederick Philip Grove
Canada
Novel
1927
Jalna
Mazo de la Roche
Canada
Novel
 
The Master’s Wife
Andrew MacPhail
Canada
Novel
 
Green Pitcher
Dorothey Livesay
Canada
Poetry
1929
White Narcissus
Raymond Knister
Canada
Novel
1933
Fruits of the Earth
Frederick Philip Grove
Canada
Novel
 
Lyrics of Earth
Archibald Lampman
Canada
Poetry
1935
They Shall Inherit the Earth
Canada
Novel
1936
Two Fishermen
Canada
Novel
1937
More Joy in Heaven
Canada
Novel
1941
Barometer Rising
Hugh MacLennan
Canada
Novel
 
As For Me and My House
Sinclair Ross
Canada
Novel
1942
His Majesty’s Yankees
Thomas H. Raddall
Canada
Novel
 
David
Earl Birney
Canada
Poetry
1943
News of the Phoenix and Other Poems
A.J.M. Smith
Canada
Poetry
1944
The Master of the Mill
Frederick Philip Grove
Canada
Novel
 
Earth and High Heaven
Gwethalyn Graham
Canada
Novel
1945
Two Solitudes
Hugh MacLennan
Canada
Novel
 
The Tin Flute
Gabrielle Roy
Canada
Novel
 
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Elizabeth Smart
Canada
Novel
1946
When We Are Young
Raymond Souster
Canada
Poetry
 
East of the City
Louis Dudek
Canada
Poetry
1947
Music at the Close
Edward McCourt
Canada
Novel
 
Hetty Dorval
Ethel Wilson
Canada
Novel
 
Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry
Canada
Novel
 
Who Has Seen the Wind?
W.O. Mitchell
Canada
Novel
 
Poems for People
Dorothey Livesay
Canada
Poetry
1949
Turvey
Earl Birney
Canada
Novel
 
The Innocent Traveller
Ethel Wilson
Canada
Novel
1950
Home is the Stranger
Edward McCourt
Canada
Novel
 
Canada
Novel
 
The Nymph and the Lamp
Thomas H. Raddall
Canada
Novel
1951
The Loved and the Lost
Canada
Novel
 
Tempest Tost
Robertson Davies
Canada
Novel
 
The Second Scroll
A.M. Klein
Canada
Novel
 
Where Nests the Water Hen
Gabrielle Roy
Canada
Novel
1952
The Mountain and the Valley
Ernest Buckler
Canada
Novel
 
The Equations of Love
Ethel Wilson
Canada
Poetry
 
Towards the Last Spike
E.J. Pratt
Canada
Poetry
1954
Swamp Angel
Ethel Wilson
Canada
Novel
 
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
Canada
Novel
1955
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Brian Moore
Canada
Novel
1958
Canada Made Me
Norman Levine
Canada
Memoir
 
Execution
Colin McDougall
Canada
Novel
1959
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Mordecai Richler
Canada
Novel
 
The Double Hook
Sheila Watson
Canada
Novel
1960
Winter Sun
Margaret Avison
Canada
Poetry
 
Mad Shadows
Marie-Claire Blais
Canada
Novel
 
The Luck of Ginger Coffey
Brian Moore
Canada
Novel
1961
The Stone Angel
Margaret Laurence
Canada
Novel
 
Jake and the Kid
W.O. Mitchell
Canada
Stories
1962
Flying a Red Kite
Hugh Hood
Canada
Stories
1963
Never Cry Wolf
Farley Mowat
Canada
Memoir
1965
Next Episode
Hubert Aquin
Canada
Novel
1966
A Season in the Life of Emmannuel
Marie-Claire Blais
Canada
Novel
 
A Jest of God
Canada
Novel
 
St. Urbain’s Horseman
Mordecai Richler
Canada
Novel
1967
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
Margaret Craven
Canada
Novel
 
Bread, Wine and Salt
Alden Nowlan
Canada
Poetry
1968
Les Belles-Soeurs
Michel Tremblay
Canada
Drama
1969
I’ve Tasted My Blood
Milton Acorn
Canada
Poetry
 
The Edible Woman
Canada
Novel
 
Five Legs
Graeme Gibson
Canada
Novel
 
The Studhorse Man
Robert Kroetsch
Canada
Novel
 
Selected Poetry
Irving Layton
Canada
Poetry
 
The Shadow-Maker
Gwendolyn MacEwen
Canada
Poetry
1970
Fifth Business
Robertson Davies
Canada
Novel
 
Kamouraska
Anne Hébert
Canada
Novel
 
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
George Ryga
Canada
Drama
 
The Weekend Man
Richard B. Wright
Canada
Novel
1970–71
Creeps
David Freeman
Canada
Drama
1971
Canada
Poetry
 
Lives of Girls and Women
Alice Munro
Canada
Stories
1972
More Poems for People
Milton Acorn
Canada
Poetry
 
The Great Canadian Novel
Harry J. Boyle
Canada
Novel
 
Selected Poems
Al Purdy
Canada
Poetry
1972-87
The Martyrology
bpNichol
Canada
Poetry
1973
The Book of Eve
Constance Beresford-Howe
Canada
Novel
 
The Temptations of Big Bear
Rudy Wiebe
Canada
Novel
1974
Canada
Novel
 
Alligator Pie
Dennis Lee
Canada
Poetry
1975
The Swing in the Garden
Hugh Hood
Canada
Novel
 
Farewell, Babylon
Naïm Kattan
Canada
Novel
 
A Suit of Nettles
James Reaney
Canada
Poetry
1976
Bear
Marian Engel
Canada
Novel
 
Spit Delaney's Island
Jack Hodgins
Canada
Stories
1977
The Invention of the World
Jack Hodgins
Canada
Novel
 
The Wars
Timothy Findley
Canada
Novel
1978
Judith
Aritha van Herk
Canada
Novel
1979
The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories
Roch Carrier
Canada
Drama
 
Balconville
David Fennario
Canada
Drama
 
Jitters
David French
Canada
Stories
 
The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
Jack Hodgins
Canada
Novel
 
Pélagie
Antoine Maillet
Canada
Stories
1980
Selected Poem: Beyond Even Faithful Legends
Bill Bissett
Canada
Poetry
1981
The Alley Cat
Yves Beauchemin
Canada
Novel
 
Famous Last Words
Timothy Findley
Canada
Novel
 
Obasan
Joy Kogawa
Canada
Novel
 
Collected Poems
F.R. Scott
Canada
Poetry
1982
Shoeless Joe
W.P. Kinsella
Canada
Novel
 
Man Descending
Guy Vanderhaege
Canada
Stories
1983
A Time for Judas
Canada
Novel
1984
Neuromancer
William Gibson
Canada
Novel
 
The Engineer of Human Souls
Josef Skvorecký
Canada
Novel
1984-86
The Fionavar Tapestry
Guy Gavriel Kay
Canada
Novels
1985
Black Robe
Brian Moore
Canada
Novel
1987
The Stone Diaries
Carol Shields
Canada
Novel
 
In the Skin of A Lion
Michael Ondaatje
Canada
Novel
1988
Volkswagen Blues
Jacques Poulin
Canada
Novel
 
Nights Below Station Street
David Adams Richards
Canada
Novel
1989
Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
Brad Fraser
Canada
Drama
 
Mister Sandman
Barbara Gowdy
Canada
Novel
1990
Mauve Desert
Nicole Brossard
Canada
Novel
 
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing
Tomson Highway
Canada
Drama
 
Lives of the Saints
Nino Ricci
Canada
Novel
1991
Generation X
Douglas Coupland
Canada
Novel
1992
We So Seldom Look on Love
Barbara Gowdy
Canada
Stories
 
The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje
Canada
Novel
1993
Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs
Leonard Cohen
Canada
Poetry
 
Away
Jane Urquhart
Canada
Novel
1995
A Fine Balance
Rohan Mistry
Canada
Novel
 
The Maestro
Tim Wynn-Jones
Canada
Novel
1996
Fall on Your Knees
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Canada
Novel
 
Selected Stories
Mavis Gallant
Canada
Stories
1997
The Hidden Room: Collected Poems
P.K. Page
Canada
Poetry
1998
Broken Ground
Jack Hodgins
Canada
Novel
 
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Canada
Drama
1999
Elizabeth and After
Matt Cohen
Canada
Novel
 
The Drawer Boy
Michael Healey
Canada
Drama
 
No Great Mischief
Alistair Macleod
Canada
Novel
 
Barney’s Version
Mordecai Richler
Canada
Novel
2001
Clara Callan
Richard B. Wright
Canada
Novel
 
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
Alice Munro
Canada
Stories
2002
Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Canada
Novel
2003
Oryx and Crake
Canada
Novel

 
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My Financial Career and Other Follies
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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
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Strange Fugitive
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Such is My Beloved
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Hugh Garner's Best Stories
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The Stone Angel
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Beautiful Losers
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Power Politics
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The Diviners
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The Handmaid's Tale
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The Leacock Roundabout
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