Stumbled upon in the Stacks .... Snap! Canadian literary insults
The other day I was reading Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada 1910 Vol 15. I feel deeply for poor Frederick Neal, the author of The Township of Sandwich Past and Present c. 1909, who is severely put in his place by the editors:
Unfortunately Mr Neal's account of the Township of Sandwich is not an example of what a good local history should be. Like the earth before creation, it is without form and void. It has no pretensions to literary merit; so far as arrangement goes, it is the most complete jumble conceivable outside of topsy-turveydom; and there is very little of any real historical value in it from one cover to the other.p 107
Snap! Over 100 years later I can still feel the sting of a good insult and am glad that it wasn't me being skewered by the editors.
We have a long run of Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada in the Stacks at Toronto Reference Library. In 1920 there was a title change to Canadian Historical Review which we have in eMagazine as well as print.