Bliss Carman Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Carman, Bliss. Letters of Bliss Carman. Edited by H. Pearson-Gundy. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1981, 388 pp.

A selection of the personal correspondences of Carman from throughout his life.

Miller, Muriel. Bliss Carman: Quest and Revolt. St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada: Jefferson Press, 1985, 304 pp.

Covers Carman's early years in New Brunswick, his education and his search for recognition in the United States.

Stephens, Donald. Bliss Carman. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1966, 144 pp.

The classic biography of Carman. Stephens admits that he does not consider Carman a great poet, but acknowledges his profound influence on Canadian national literature.


Elderkin, Susan Huntley. “Tracking the Vagabond.” Essays on Canadian Writing 50 (Fall, 1993): pp. 247-55.

A review of Bliss Carman: A Reappraisal (1990), edited by Gerald Lynch.

Lynch, Gerald, editor. Bliss Carman: A Reappraisal. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1990, 208 pp.

A collection of critical essays on Carman, from the perspective of a century after his initial publications.

Pell, Barbara. “Canon or Not?” Canadian Literature 135 (Winter, 1992): 133-35.

Pell assesses Bliss Carman: A Reappraisal (1990), a collection of essays on Carman, edited by Gerald Lynch.

Additional coverage of Carman's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 104, 152; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 92; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 7.