John Gordon (Jack) McClelland
Born: July 30, 1922
Died: June 14, 2004
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Jack McClelland began working for his father's company, McClelland & Stewart, in 1946.
He became President of the company in 1961.
McClelland wanted to find Canadian writers, so often underexposed, and then set out to sell them.
He was deeply worried that American interests would overtake Canadian culture.
Jack McClelland took risks that helped change the face of the Canadian literary scene.
He placed much emphasis on the "original Canadian thinker" wanting to bring Canadianism to the forefront.
On several occassions, he felt threatened by financial restraints and abusive critics.
In 1971, Jack McClelland threatened to sell his publishing company and the thought was met with protest across the country.
He continued to promote Canadian authors who, in turn, created the growth of a distintly Canadian literature milieu.
Jack McClelland sold the publishing company in 1985 after having turned it into Canada's best known publishing house.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Historical Perspectives On Canadian Publishing
The Empire Club Addresses
Globe and Mail
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