18 June 2012

Ralph Connor's Beautiful War of 1812

The Runner: A Romance of the Niagaras
Ralph Connor [pseud. Rev. Charles W. Gordon]
New York: Triangle, 1939
481 pages 

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  1. The University of Alberta has almost every book Connor ever wrote including his autobiography.

  2. Yes, it seems that our universities have been good in keeping their Connors... and I remember the Vancouver Public Library having a very good collection. On the other hand, the St Marys Public Library, just four blocks from where he went to school, has nothing. Shameful, really.

  3. I've read or at least gone through three of Connor's books, but they were just as you described them. THE SKY PILOT was probably the best of these.