The Fraser

Hutchinson, The late Bruce; Palmer, Vaughn

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Synopsis: From one of Canada's greatest journalists comes the epic story of British Columbia's Fraser River. As the dust jacket for the originally edition-published half a century ago-declared: "Shaped like a giant fishhook stuck into the Pacific Ocean, the mighty Fraser is one of the most important rivers of North America, politically, economically, and historically. Compelling the reader's interest with the power and vigour of his narrative, Bruce Hutchison explores the Fraser's romantic history as one of Canada's two main channels of civilization. The Fraser's story is that of British Columbia and its people, and Mr. Hutchison shows that it provides some of the richest yet least known chapters in Canadian history. These he unrolls in an unforgettable panorama, from the days of Spanish discovery to the story of the city of Vancouver, the river's most remarkable product. In its gold, its steamboating, its fur; as a fisherman's paradise, and as the largest untapped source of electrical power in North America-the story of the Fraser is one of colour and high drama. It is exciting reading." The Wynford Edition includes a new introduction by Vaughn Palmer, one of Canada's foremost political journalists and a winner of the Bruce Hutchison Award. Palmer's introduction puts both the book and Hutchison's career in historical context for modern readers.

About the Author: Bruce Hutchison (1901-1992) was one of Canada's foremost journalists. His career spanned most of the twentieth century and he was the recipient of many honours, including three Governor General's Awards for his works of non-fiction. Born in Prescott, Ontario, he was taken to British Columbia as an infant and grew up in Victoria. He became a high-school journalist for the Victoria Times in 1918 and a political reporter in Ottawa in 1925; he returned to the Times, also reporting on the provincial legislature for the Vancouver Province. He was an editorial writer and columnist for the Vancouver Sun (1938), assistant editor on the Winnipeg Free Press (1944-50), and then returned to the Victoria Times, where he served as editor from 1950 to 1963, establishing his reputation as a leading political journalist and commentator. In 1963 he became editorial director of the Vancouver Sun and in 1979 editor emeritus; he wrote a weekly column for the Sun until his death. In addition to his newspaper work, Hutchison wrote dozens of pulp stories in the 1920s, a novel, and even a film script, "Park Avenue Logger," which was produced in Hollywood. By the end of his career he had won three National Newspaper Awards, three Governor General's Awards, the Royal Society of Arts Award for Journalism, and the Bowater Prize. He received the inaugural Royal Society of Arts Award for Distinguished Journalism in the Commonwealth (1961), was placed on the Maclean's Honour Roll (1989), and received the City of Victoria Prize (1990), and the Jack Webster Foundation First Lifetime Achievement Award (1991). In nearly seventy-five years of political reporting, spanning the careers of ten prime ministers, Hutchison developed friendships with political personalities that ranged from Louis St Laurent and Lester Pearson to Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Jean Chretien. His writings on Canada and its political figures were characterized by the confidential vignette, but he was criticized for partisan loyalty to the Liberal Party-a charge he always denied. His best-known book, The Unknown Country: Canada and Her People (1943)-which won a Governor General's Award and is still in print after several revised editions-is a delightful panorama of Canada, containing vivid descriptions of place and personality, with short lyrical vignettes between chapters. Hutchison also dealt successfully with the larger movements of politics and economics. His novel The Hollow Men (1944), the story of a newspaper correspondent disillusioned by world war, combines subtle political satire with sympathy for wilderness life. Hutchison's other titles include The Fraser (1950) in the Rivers of America series; The Incredible Canadian: A Candid Portrait of Mackenzie King, His Works, His Times, and His Nation (1952; Govenor General's Award); Canada's Lonely Neighbour (1954); The Struggle for the Border (1955); Canada: Tomorrow's Giant (1957; Governor General's Award), and Mr. Prime Minister 1867-1964 (1964), which was condensed as Macdonald to Pearson: The Prime Ministers of Canada (1967). Hutchison also wrote Western Window (1967), a collection of essays, as well as the text for Canada: A Year of the Land (1967), a lavish picture book on Canada produced by the National Film Board. At the age of eighty Hutchison published Uncle Percy's Wonderful Town (1981), a dozen fictional and nostalgic accounts of life in Emerald Vale, BC, a town with the features of Merrit, Cranbrook, and Nelson in British Columbia. While short on emotional range, these stories-narrated by a fourteen-year-old boy-evoke a vanished time and place. A Life in the Country (1988) is both a memoir and a meditation on country life. Hutchison's autobiography, The Far Side of the Street (1976), expressed a highly personal view of the growth of his generation and reaffirmed his vision of a modern and responsible Canada. -Geoff Hancock, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature Vaughn Palmer, columnist, Vancouver Sun, has written the Introduction to the Wynford Edition.

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