NIGHT IS ENDED: thoughts in lyric
Grey linen-grain cloth lettered in black. pp (95). Tidy ink owner name at front, else a fine, jacketless copy. Toronto-born Josesph Sylvester Wallace was a committed Catholic and a communist from1922 to the end of his life. He was imprisoned for his politics 1941-42. The present book, his first, contains verses inspired by his internment. E.J. Pratt was persuaded to write a supportive live, part of which is printed in the book, and praise by E.K. Brown as well as support by the Tory mag Saturday Night got it some attention. Wallace was a conventional old-fashioned versifier but sometimes his work was inspiring. He was the most popular Canadian poet in Eastern Europe and China from the 1950s to even after his death.