Welcome to this cyberplace, set up as a space for news and reviews of A Gentleman of Pleasure and occasional jottings about John Glassco. Five years have now passed since publication, and I've moved on to other projects, but I'm leaving this up with the thought that those drawn to Glassco's writing will find something of interest.

02 September 2011

This Quarter, No. 4 (Spring 1929)

John Glassco's copy of This Quarter, no. 4. Published in the spring of 1929, the nineteen-year-old's contribution was "Extract from an Autobiography", which he would four decades later describe as the first chapter of Memoirs of Montparnasse. Not true, though it does cover the same time period.

Unavailable for nearly 82 years, "Extract from an Autobiography" features as an appendix in A Gentleman of Pleasure.

The second of thirty posts focussing on images not found in A Gentleman of Pleasure.
The entire series can be found here.


  1. Wow! those editions of This Quarter are truly hard to find. After all these years, I am still missing the issue which Morley Callaghan appeared in (1926).

  2. Must admit I've never tried to track down any other issues. I believe this was Glassco's only copy - at least it was at the time of his death. Somehow, it escaped the sale of his library to Queen's. Its second owner, I believe, was Larry Nowicki, a good friend to whom I dedicated the biography.

    By the way, the number includes an Ethel Moorehead review of Callaghan's Strange Fugitive. Lukewarm, it ends with the the editor advising folks at Scribner's that they should keep their eyes on "Two more young Canadians: — Graeme Taylor and John Glassco."

    Two excerpts of Taylor's lost novel Caharacteristics of the Penroses also feature in the issue.

  3. interesting follow-up comment, Brian. Thanks.