Jack Hodgins Critical Essays

Introduction

Jack Hodgins 1938–

Canadian novelist, short story writer, and editor.

Critics laud Hodgins as a bold and talented new writer. He reveals his literary ambitions in the title of his first novel, The Invention of the World, in which he examines the role of history, myth, and legend in the creation of contemporary society. Although his fiction usually centers on his native Vancouver Island and he explores what David L. Jeffreys terms the "Island Mind," his vivid imagination makes him more than a regional writer.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 93-96.)