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The Works of George Woodcock

This chronological checklist of George Woodcock’s work includes books, pamphlets, broadsides, and periodicals written, edited, or compiled by him. His own work is followed by translations, symposia, anthologies, and books and series George Woodcock has edited with introductions.

This list is based on The Record of George Woodcock (issued for his eightieth birthday) and Ivan Avakumovic’s bibliography in A Political Art: Essays and Images in Honour of George Woodcock, edited by W.H. New, 1978, with additions to bring it up to date.

Books, Pamphlets, and Broadsides by George Woodcock

1. Solstice. London: C. Lahr, 1937. Folded card.
2. Six Poems. London: Blue Moon Press for E. Lahr, 1938. Single sheet of grey stiff paper folded into four.
3. Ballad of an Orphan Hand. London: C. Lahr, 1939. Folded card.
4. The WhiteIsland. London: Fortune Press, 1940.
5. New Life to the Land. London: Freedom Press, 1942.
6. The Centre Cannot Hold. London: Routledge, 1943.
7. Railways and Society. London: Freedom Press, 1943.
8. Anarchy or Chaos. London: Freedom Press, 1944. Wilimantic, Connecticut: Ziesing, 1992, with a new introduction by author.
9. Homes or Hovels: The Housing Problem & its Solution. London: Freedom Press, 1944.
10. Anarchism and Morality. London: Freedom Press, 1945.
11. What is Anarchism? London: Freedom Press, 1945.
12. William Godwin: A Biographical Study. London: Porcupine Press, 1948. Norwood, Pennsylvania: Norwood Editions, 1976. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989, with a new introduction by the author.
13. The Basis of Communal Living . London: Freedom Press, 1947.
14. Imagine the South. Pasadena: Untide Press, 1947.
14a. A Hundred years of Revolution, 1848 and after. (a collection of essays and documents). London: Porcupine Press 1948.
15. The Incomparable Aphra. London: T.V. Boardman, 1948. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989, as Aphra Behn, The English Sappho, with a new introduction by the author.
16. The Writer and Politics. London: Porcupine Press, 1948. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1990, as Writers and Politics, with a new introduction by the author.
17. (With Ivan Avakumovic.) The Anarchist Prince: A Biographical Study of Peter Kropotkin. London: T.V. Boardman, 1950. New York: Schocken Books, 1971. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1990, as From Prince to Rebel, with a new introduction by George Woodcock.
18. The Paradox of Oscar Wilde. London: T.V. Boardman, 1950. New York: Macmillan, 1950. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989, as Oscar Wilde: The Double Image, with new introduction by the author.
19. British Poetry Today. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1950.
20. Ravens and Prophets: An Account of Journeys in British Columbia, Alberta and Southern Alaska. London: Allan Wingate, 1952.
21. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, A Biography. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956. New York: Schocken Books, 1972, as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, His Life and Works. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1987, with a new introduction and bibliographical supplement by the author.
22. To the City of the Dead: An Account of Travels in Mexico. London: Faber and Faber, 1957.
23. Incas and Other Men: Travels in the Andes. London: Faber and Faber, 1959.
24. Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements. Cleveland: World Publishing, 1962. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1963. Harmondsworth: Pelican edition with author’s postscript, 1975. Harmondsworth: Pelican edition with a new introduction and bibliography by the author.
25. Faces of India, A Travel Narrative. London: Faber and Faber, 1964.
26. Asia, Gods and Cities: Aden to Tokyo. London: Faber and Faber, 1966.
27. Civil Disobedience. Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1966.
28. The Crystal Spirit: A Study of George Orwell. Boston: Little, Brown, 1966. London: Jonathan Cape, 1967. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1970. London: Fourth Estate, 1984, with a new introduction by the author. New York: Schocken Books, 1984, with a new introduction by the author.
29. The Greeks in India. London: Faber and Faber, 1966.
30. Kerala, A Portrait of the Malabar Coast. London: Faber and Faber, 1967.
31. Selected Poems of George Woodcock. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1967.
32. (With Ivan Avakumovic.) The Doukhobors. London: Faber and Faber, 1968. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1968. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1977, with a new introduction by the authors.
33. The British in the Far East. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969. New York: Atheneum, 1969.
34. Henry Walter Bates, Naturalist of the Amazons. London: Faber and Faber, 1969.
35. Hugh MacLennan. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1969.
36. Canada and the Canadians. London: Faber and Faber, 1970. London: Faber and Faber, 1973, revised. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1970. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1973, revised.
37. The Hudson’s Bay Company. New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1970.
38. Mordecai Richler. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1971.
39. Odysseus Ever Returning: Essays on Canadian Writers and Writing. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1970.
40. Into Tibet: The Early British Explorers. London: Faber and Faber, 1971.
41. Mohandas Gandhi. New York: Vintage, 1971. London: Fontana/Collins, 1972, as Gandhi.
42. Victoria. Photo-Essay by Ingeborg & George Woodcock. Victoria: Morriss Printing, 1971.

43. Dawn and the Darkest Hour, A Study of Aldous Huxley. London: Faber and Faber, 1972. New York: Viking Press, 1972.
44. Herbert Read: The Stream and the Source. London: Faber and Faber, 1972.
45. The Rejection of Politics and other essays on Canada, Canadians, anarchism and the world. Toronto: new press, 1972.
46. Who Killed the British Empire? An Inquest. London: Jonathan Cape, 1974. New York: Quadrangle, 1974. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1974.
47. Amor De Cosmos, Journalist and Reformer. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1975.
48. Gabriel Dumont: The Metis Chief and his Lost World. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1975.
49. Notes on Visitations: Poems 1936-75. Toronto: Anansi, 1975.
50. SouthSea Journey. London: Faber and Faber, 1976. Don Mills: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1978.
51. Gabriel Dumont and the Northwest Rebellion. Toronto: Playwrights Co-op, 1976.
52. Canadian Poets 1960-1973, A Checklist. Ottawa: Golden Dog Press, 1976.
53. Anima, or, Swann Grown Old. A Cycle of Poems by George Woodcock. Windsor, Ontario: Black Moss Press, 1977.
54. Peoples of the Coast: The Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1977.
55. Two Plays: The Island of Demons (and) Six Dry Cakes for the Hunted. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1977.
56. Faces from History: Canadian Portraits and Profiles. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1978.
57. Gabriel Dumont. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1978.
58. The Kestrel and Other Poems of Past and Present. Sunderland, Durham: Coelfrith Press, 1978.
59. Thomas Merton, Monk and Poet: A Critical Study. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1978. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1978.
60. The Canadians. Don Mills: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1979. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979. London: Athlone Press, 1979. St Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland Press, 1979.
61. A George Woodcock Reader, edited by Douglas Fetherling. Ottawa: Deneau & Greenberg, 1990.
62. The Mountain Road. Fredericton: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1980.
63. 100 Great Canadians. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1980.
64. A Picture History of British Columbia. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1980.
65. The World of Canadian Writing: Critiques and Recollections. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1980. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.
66. Confederation Betrayed! Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1981.
67. Ivan Eyre. Don Mills: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1981. Also published in a boxed limited edition of 150 copies signed and numbered by the artist, with an Eyre print and a signed poem by George Woodcock laid in.
68. The Meeting of Time and Space: Regionalism in Canadian Literature. Edmonton: NeWest Institute for Western Canadian Studies, 1981.
69. Taking it to the Letter. Dunvegan, Ontario: Quadrant Editions, 1981.
70. The Benefactor. Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 1982.
71. Letters from Sooke: A Correspondence between Sir Herbert Read and George Woodcock. Victoria: Victoria Book Arts Club, 1982. An edition of 81 copies, printed on handmade Italian paper and bound in one-quarter calf.
72. Letter to the Past, An Autobiography. Don Mills: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1982.
73. Northern Spring. Washington: Canadian Embassy, 1982.
74. Collected Poems. Victoria: Sono Nis Press, 1983.
75. Orwell’s Message: 1984 and the Present. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1984.
76. Patrick Lane and His Works. Toronto: ECW Press, 1984.
77. Strange Bedfellows: The State and the Arts in Canada. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1985.
78. (With Toni Onley.) The Walls of India. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1985.
79. (With Tim Fitzharris.) The University of British Columbia: A Souvenir. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986.
80. Beyond the Blue Mountains, An Autobiography. Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1987.
81. Leo Tolstoi: Ein gewaltfreier Anarchist. Germany: Edition flugschriften, 1987.
82. Northern Spring: The Flowering of Canadian Literature. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1987.
83. Caves in the Desert: Travels in China. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1988.
84. Charles Heavysege and His Works. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988.
85. Matt Cohen and His Works. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988.
86. The People We Help and Why. Vancouver: Canada India Village Aid, 1988.
87. The Purdy-Woodcock Letters: Selected Correspondence 1964-1984, edited by George Galt. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988.
88. A Social History of Canada. Markham: Penguin Books, 1988.
89. Traditionen der Freiheit: Essays zureversonuntide libertaren Transformation der Gesellschaft. Mulheim, Germany: Trafik, 1988.
90. The Century that Made Us: Canada 1814-1914. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989.
91. Introducing Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising, A Reader’s Guide. Toronto: ECW Press, 1989.
92. Introducing Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, A Reader’s Guide. Toronto: ECW Press, 1989.
93. The Marvellous Century: Archaic Man and the Awakening of Reason. Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989.
94. Powers of Observation. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1989.
95. British Columbia, A History of the Province. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1990.
96. Introducing Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, A Reader’s Guide. Toronto: ECW Press, 1990.
97. Introducing Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A Reader’s Guide. Toronto: ECW Press, 1990.
98. Introducing Sinclair Ross’s As For Me and My House, A Reader’s Guide. Toronto: ECW Press, 1990.
99. Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana & other Poems. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1991.
100. Anarchism and Anarchists. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1992.
101. George Woodcock’s Introduction to Canadian Fiction. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.
102. George Woodcock’s Introduction to Canadian Poetry. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.
103. The Monk and His Message: Undermining the Myth of History. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1992.
104. Power to Us All. Constitution or Social Contract? Madeira Park: Harbour, 1992.
105. Introducing Morley Callaghan’s More Joy in Heaven. Toronto: ECW Press, 1993.
106. (Edited by Jim Christy.) Letter from the Khyber Pass and Other Travel Writing. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.
107. The Cherry Tree on Cherry Street and Other Poems. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1994.
108. Walking Through the Valley. Toronto: ECW Press, 1994.


109. Anny, by Marc Bernard, translated by George Woodcock and Marie Louise Berneri under nom-de-plume M.L. George. London: T.V. Boardman, 1948.
110. Phaedra, by Jean Racine. Victoria: Contemporary Literature in Translation, 1978.
111. The Metis in the Canadian West, by Marcel Giraud. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1986. Two volumes.
112. Words of a Rebel, by Peter Kropotkin, with introduction by the translator. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1992.


113. A Hundred Years of Revolution–1848 and after. London: Porcupine Press, 1948.
114. The Sixties: Canadian Writers and Writing of the Decade. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Publications Centre, 1969.
115. Malcolm Lowry: The Man and His Work. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1971.
116. Wyndham Lewis in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Publications Centre, 1971.
117. Colony and Confederation: Early Canadian Poets and Their Background. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1974.
118. A Place to Stand On: Essays by and about Margaret Laurence. Edmonton: NeWest Publishers, 1983.


119. A Choice of Critics: Selections from Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966.
120. Variations on a Human Theme. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1966.
121. Poets and Critics: Essays from Canadian Literature 1966-1974. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1974.
122. The Canadian Novel in the Twentieth Century: Essays from Canadian Literature. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1975.
123. The Anarchist Reader. London: Fontana, 1977.
124. British Columbia: A Celebration. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1986.
125. Dry Wells of India: An Anthology against Thirst. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1989.
126. The Great Canadian Anecdote Contest. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1991.

Periodicals Edited

127. NOW. London: published by George Woodcock and later Freedom Press, 1940-41, 1943-47. Nendeln, Liechtenstein: Kraus Reprint, 1968. Irregular.
128. Canadian Literature . Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1959-77. Quarterly.

Editions With Introductions and Often Notes

129. Revolutionary Government, by Peter Kropotkin. London: Freedom Press, 1943.
130. Selections from Political Justice, by William Godwin. London: Freedom Press, 1943.
131. The State–its Historic Role, by Peter Kropotkin. London: Freedom Press, 1943.
132. The Wage System, by Peter Kropotkin. London: Freedom Press, 1944.
133. The Soul of Man Under Socialism, by Oscar Wilde. London: Porcupine Press, 1948.
134. The Slavery of our Times, by Leo Tolstoy. London: Porcupine Press, 1948. London: John Lawrence, 1972.
135. The Letters of Charles Lamb. London: Grey Walls Press, 1950.
136. A Defence of Poetry & a Letter to Lord Ellenborough, by Percy Bysshe Shelley. London: Porcupine Press, 1948.
137. Rural Rides, by William Cobbett. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1967.
138. The Egoist, by George Meredith. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1968.
139. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1970.
140. What Is Property?, by P.J. Proudhon. New York: Dover Publications, 1970.
141. Typee, by Herman Melville. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1972.
142. The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978.
143. The Geography of Freedom, by Marie Fleming. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1988.
144. Fanny Hill, by John Cleland. Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989.
145. Onley’s Arctic: Diaries and Paintings of the High Arctic by Toni Onley. Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre, 1989.
146. The EternalForest, by George Godwin. Vancouver: Godwin Books, 1994.

Series Edited and/or Introduced

147. The Great Travellers Series. London: Faber and Faber, 1969-75. Ten volumes.
148. Canadian Writers and Their Works. Toronto: ECW Press, 1983-92. Twenty volumes.
149. Collected Works of Peter Kropotkin. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989-95. Eleven volumes.


150. Nationalism and Local Control: Responses to George Woodcock, edited by Viv Nelles and Abraham Rotstein. Toronto: new press, 1973.
151. George Woodcock, by Peter Hughes. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974.
152. A Political Art: Essays and Images in Honour of George Woodcock, edited by W.H. New. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1978.
153. The Record of George Woodcock. Victoria, 1992.

Radio and Television Plays and Adaptations

Radio plays and adaptations by George Woodcock for CBC Radio include:
The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Venice Preserved, The Beaux Stratagem, Riders on the Sea, The Playboy of the Western World, Maskerman, The Luck of the Just (with Inge Woodcock), The Electric Tree (with Inge Woodcock), The Carrier Pigeon (with Inge Woodcock), Empire of Shadows, The Brideships, We, Mozart’s Moon, and The Lion and the Tiger Cub
CBC Radio “Ideas” programs include: Civil Disobedience
CBC Radio documentaries: several, including Death Stalked the Trees
CBC Television documentaries on the South Seas and the Doukhabours.

The article on “Anarchism” in the Encyclopedia Britannica.