Philip Child is the author of five novels, one collection of shorter poems, and one book-length narrative poem. He won the 1949 Governor General’s Award for Mr. Ames Against Time. A veteran of the First World War, he taught for many years at the University of Toronto.
A new edition of Philip Child’s great Canadian novel of the First World War.
A horrifying description of war, specifically embodied in the vain and inglorious futility of the First World War, God’s Sparrows is a novel rich in compassion and firm in its faith in the human spirit. Philip Child created a Canadian family saga, a modern pilgrim’s progress in which individuals surmount the corrosive effects of brutality, maintaining their ability to love and endure under the most agonizing circumstances. His book, first published in 1937, remains as a stirring testimony to that ability. It offers profound insight into the experience of the First World War, not just as a catastrophe affecting his characters but as a crucible in which the whole of this nation found itself tried.
James Calhoun is the archivist for the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Museum and Archives. A writer with a particular interest in the Canadian literature of the First World War, he is the co-author, with Brian Busby, of the introduction to Peregrine Acland’s All Else Is Folly. He lives in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Michael Gnarowski co-edited The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada, compiled The Concise Bibliography of English Canadian Literature, and edited the Critical Views on Canadian Writers series for McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Gnarowski is professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa.