New Canadian Library
|Parent company||McClelland & Stewart|
|Founder||Jack McClelland and Malcolm Ross|
|Country of origin||Canada|
The New Canadian Library is a publishing imprint of the Canadian company McClelland and Stewart. The series aims to present classic works of Canadian literature in paperback. Each work published in the series includes a short essay by another notable Canadian writer, discussing the historical context and significance of the work. These essays were originally forewords, but after McClelland and Stewart's 1985 sale to Avie Bennett, the prefatory material was abandoned and replaced by afterwords.
It was founded by Malcolm Ross with the intention of providing affordable material for his students; David Staines has been the general editor of the series since 1986. In 2007 the University of Toronto Press published New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952-1978, a work by Janet Beverly Friskney that provides an account of the New Canadian Library during the years of Ross's editorship.
Titles in the New Canadian Library
Originally, all titles in the series were numbered sequentially.
Books published in the collection after the sequential numbering ceased were:
- Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings Through the First World War edited by Carole Gerson and Gwendolyn Davies
- Poets Between the Wars edited by Milton Wilson
- Poets of Contemporary Canada 1960–1970 edited by Eli Mandel
- Janet Friskney, "New Canadian Library," in Benson, Eugene and William Toye [eds.] The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997 (p. 794)