David Bentley, the Carl F. Klinck Professor in Canadian Literature at Western University, is available to speak with media about the impact and legacy of Canadian literary icon Farley Mowat, who passed away today at the age of 92.
“In the fiction and non-fiction of Farley Mowat, environmental awareness is combined with a recognition of the enormous capacity of human beings for destruction. His stories are celebrations of the wild creatures and landscapes of Canada that are unflinching in their portrayal of the ecological damage that has been done – and continues to be done – by humans,” says Bentley.
Calling Mowat “a consummate story-teller,” Bentley says the Canadian writer has been one of Canada’s most popular and influential writers for decades not merely in this country, but around the world.
“Books such as A Whale for the Killing and Never Cry Wolf recall the realistic treatment of animals in the work of Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles G.D. Roberts, and serve to remind Canadians that nature writing is an enduring and important strain of Canadian literature that has never been more important and relevant than it is today and will be in the future,” says Bentley. “There is no doubt whatsoever that Farley Mowat will continue to be read and admired.”
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