Vladimir Putin

Mitchell, W.O.

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"There is only one expert who is qualified to examine the soul and the life of a people and to make a valuable report: the native novelist." Mr. Mitchell begins with these and other words from Mark Twain, and continues with a discussion of his life as a Canadian novelist. Through personal reminiscenses, he illustrates what these words mean, this "unconscious absorption" of Canada and Canadianism. He concludes with remarks about what a native novelist can tell us about the soul, life, speech, character, manners, and feelings of his country's people.