|Date of Issue
||October 10, 1996
|Perforation or Dimension
||13.5 x 13
|Series Time Span
||Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
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We Canadians are justifiably proud of our rich literary tradition, built as it is by great writers whose work is enjoyed throughout the world. This year, which happens to be both the bicentennial of the birth of Thomas Haliburton and the centennial of the birth of Félix-Antoine Savard, Canada Post launches a set of domestic-rate stamps to honour five of our most celebrated authors. Each of the five writers is well-known and well-loved for telling stories which have inspired us, moved us and changed us. They represent a rich contrast in Canadian voices, and yet they share an honest insight into day-to-day life that has become a central focus in Canadian literature. They also share striking originality, and the talent and courage to tell different stories different ways. "History," Donald Creighton once explained, "is not made by inanimate forces and human automations : It is made by living men and women, impelled by an endless variety of ideas and emotions, which can best be understood by that insight into character, that imaginative understanding of people which is one of the great attributes of literary art." Creighton, the foremost Canadian historian of his generation, was born in Toronto in 1902. He studied English and history at the University of Toronto before furthering his studies at Oxford. In 1927 he returned as a lecturer to Toronto, where he then spent his entire academic career. Fiercely proud of his country and its literary achievements, Dr. Creighton received two Governor General's Awards for his contributions to Canadian writing. In choosing a designer for this important tribute to Canadian writers, Canada Post was delighted to turn once again to Alain Leduc of Montreal, whose previous work includes the "Canada Day Group of Seven" set, (1995) and "La Francophonie" (1995). As readers can see from the images on these pages, each stamp bears a subtle computer enhanced portrait of the author based on an actual photograph. Engraved over each portrait is the opening sentence of a major work, while underneath each is a translation in smaller type. This series of five writers is a welcome addition to the Canadian tradition of honouring its best. Moreover, the international stature of the authors featured in the series is sure to attract the interest of collectors at home and around the world.
Designed by Alain Leduc.
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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 5, No. 5, 1996, p. 18-19, 21-22.
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