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5 X 8 inches, 328 pages

ISBN 092080604X

Untitled Novel, ca. 1905

Duncan Campbell Scott (1862 -1947)

Edited by John Flood

NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED, Duncan Campbell Scott's only novel, written ca. 1905, is a tale of Canadian women in love. In it, lovers are transfixed by art, politics, and beguilement. It is a novel in which Scott's point of view masterfully combines elements of Romance with the realism we expect of the modern novel.

Mr. Shortreed broke the silence. "I had what might
be called a romantic adventure the other evening." he
said in a pleasant voice.
"In Ottawa! drawled Adrienne incredulously.
"Why not romance here as well as elsewhere?"
inquired Barbara, petting Adrienne's hand as she held it.
"Romance is only a way of looking at things."
"So we are to learn how Mr. Shortreed looks at
things!" said Adrienne teasingly. (Chapter VIII)


John Flood


Aside from being the busy proprieter and president of Penumbra Press, John Flood has penned two volumes of poetry of his own, The Land They Occupied (Porcupine's Quill Inc.) and No Longer North (Black Moss Press).

He was also the founding editor of two literary and fine arts magazines, Boréal and Northward Journal: A Quarterly of Northern Arts, and the managing editor of The Literary Review of Canada. He presided over Carleton University Press from 1994 to 1998, where he now serves as an adjunct professor. And like many Penumbra authors, he is listed in the Canadian Who's Who.

He holds a B.A from Saint Dunstan's University (Charlottetown), an M.A. from University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from University of Toronto. He specializes in Northern and Native literature through the critical lens of reader response theory. Mr. Flood was a professor of English language and Literature for twenty-four years at College Universitaire de Hearst, which once appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest university in the world. Mr. Flood was the entire department of English.

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Duncan Campbell Scott



Duncan Campbell Scott authored numerous volumes of poetry, short fiction, and essays—most notably Village of Viger (1896, 1945) and The Circle of Affection (1947).

On a less than noble note, Duncan Campbell Scott was also the man the Governor General chose in 1905 to negotiate with Natives of northern Ontario what became the notorious James Bay Treaty—Number Nine. John Flood explores this historic encounter through poetry in The Land They Occupied (1976), and later edits and publishes Untitled Novel, ca. 1905 which Scott had authored just prior to his notorious dealings on behalf of the Dominion of Canada.

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