In this study of one of Canada’s most respected scholars, Laura Groening charts more than the ‘productive life of the mind’ of E.K. Brown. She presents us with the story of Canada’s intellectual coming of age. Brown was the major Canadian critic of North American literature from 1930 to 1950 and was consistently at the centre of the intellectual life of the time. He was an associate editor of the Canadian Forum, founding editor of the University of Toronto quarterly, and taught early and contemporary North American literature in the universities when no one else would.