Reaney, James Crerar

▪ Canadian writer
born Sept. 1, 1926, near Stratford, Ont., Can.
died June 11, 2008, London, Ont.

      Canadian poet and playwright whose works transform Ontario small-town life into the realm of dream and symbol.

      Reaney received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1959), and in 1960 he founded Alphabet, a literary magazine, and became professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. He was instrumental in reviving the reputation of the 19th-century poet Isabella Valancy Crawford (Crawford, Isabella Valancy). His works include The Red Heart (1949), lyric poems; A Suit of Nettles (1958), 12 pastoral eclogues; The Killdeer, and Other Plays (1962), verse plays; The Dance of Death at London, Ontario (1963), a poetic satire of that town; and Poems (1972). Apple Butter and Other Plays (1973) is a collection of plays for children.

      Reaney's celebrated and experimental trilogy of plays, The Donnellys (1975–77), tells the story of an Irish immigrant family murdered in Lucan, Ont., in 1880. His Fourteen Barrels from Sea to Sea (1977) is a commentary on the production, reception, and countrywide tours of The Donnellys, written in the form of a travel diary. Reaney's later publications include The Box Social, and Other Stories (1996), which collects Reaney's early short stories, and the volumes of poetry Imprecations: The Art of Swearing (1984), Performance (1990), and Souwesto Home (2005).

Additional Reading
Gerald D. Parker, How to Play: The Theatre of James Reaney (1991).

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