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Core principles

The moral universe of David Adams Richards is rare in CanLit

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRUCE PETERS

Principles to Live By David Adams Richards Doubleday Canada

GROUNDED IN the Christian doctrine of self-sacrifice and original sin, the unflinching moral vision of David Adams Richards has set his work in opposition to the relativist, humanist worldview espoused by the majority of Canadian authors, critics, and academics. That conflict has led to consistent misreadings of his work, with critics either praising Richards for his “compassion” (without acknowledging its source) or dwelling on the “misery” experienced by his characters. In both cases, the value Richards places on human suffering as a necessary agent of spiritual redemption is either downplayed or ignored.

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