Arthur James Marshall Smith prize-winning poet, essayist, influential anthologist, and critic died in 1980. His last book,
The Classic Shade: Selected Poems, on which Selected Writings is based, stands as his final intention in the world of literature.To
this long out of print book the editor has added original material by Smith in which he defined and advanced modernism in
Canadian writing. This edition also includes annotation, an extended introduction, and a bibliography.