"There is much in this book that is thoughtful, insightful, and important ... Smythe's joint treatment of these two superb and significant writers is a breakthrough' in the field, and makes her study of great potential interest and value to Canadianists." Janice Kulyk Keefer, Department of English, University of Guelph. "This is a very helpful addition to the corpus of Gallant and Munro studies. No one has studied these two writers in this way yet, and Smythe has broken new ground in a number of important areas ... She makes a convincing and thorough argument for the importance of the elegiac form ... The scholarship is thorough and careful, and she has drawn on a wide range of material to formulate her argument." Neil Besner, Department of English, University of Winnipeg.