Arthur S. Bourinot (1893-1969) in Canadian Singers and their Songs, 1919. Courtesy Internet Archive.

by George J. Dance

Arthur S. Bourinot
Born Arthur Stanley Bourinot
November 3, 1893
Ottawa, Ontario
Died January 17, 1969 (aged 75)
Occupation Lawyer
Nationality Canada Canadian
Citizenship British subject
Genres Poetry
Notable work(s) Under the Sun (1939)
Notable award(s) Governor General's Award
Relative(s) Sir John George Bourinot, father
John George Bourinot]], grandfather

Arthur Stanley Bourinot (November 3, 1893 - January 17, 1969) was a Canadian poet, lawyer, and scholar. "His carefully researched historical and biographical books and articles on Canadian poets, such as Duncan Campbell Scott, Archibald Lampman, George Frederick Cameron, William E. Marshall, and Charles Sangster, have made a valuable contribution to the field of literary criticism in Canada."[1]


Bourinot was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Lady Isabelle and Sir John George Bourinot.[1]

He was educated at Ottawa Collegiate Institute and University College, Toronto.[2]

Graduating in 1915, he found a position as a civil servant in Canada's Department of Indian Affairs, but almost immediately took a leave of absence to serve in World War I.[2] He served overseas in the Canadian Army and Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force). He was a prisoner of war in 1917 and 1918.[1]

After the war, Bourinot received his legal training from Osgoode Hall Law School.[1]


He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1920. He practiced law in Ottawa until retiring in 1959.[1]

Bourinot began publishing poetry as an undergraduate,[1] and brought out his debut collection, the slim 24-poem Laurentian Lyrics, and other poems in December, 1915.[2]

Bourinot edited the Canadian Poetry Magazine from 1948 to 1954 and from 1966 to 1968.[3] He was editor of Canadian Author and Bookman from 1953 to 1954, and an associate editor from 1957 to 1960.[3] During that period he began to edit and privately publish volumes of the correspondence of Scott, Lampman, and Edward William Thomson.


Bourinot's earliest verse was traditional, with little experimentation, but by Under the Sun (1939) was showing "a new versatility in its terse rhythms and free verse, and in its frank poems about the Depression and the coming war."[3]

The Encyclopedia of Literature has called him "a deft versifier enthralled with the beauty of nature, the major subject of both his poems and his paintings." Confederation Poet Duncan Campbell Scott was his close friend and mentor.[3]

Recognition Edit

Under the Sun won the Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama in 1939.[1]



  • Laurentian Lyrics, and other poems. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1915.
  • Poems. Toronto: T.H. Best, 1921.
  • Lyrics from the Hills. Ottawa: J. Hope & Sons, 1923.
  • Ottawa Lyrics / Verses for Children. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1929.
  • Sonnets in Memory of My Mother. Ottawa: [Hope?], [1931?]
  • Selected Poems, 1915-1935. Toronto: Macmillan, 1935.
  • Eleven Poems. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1937.
  • LaSalle. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1937.
  • Under the Sun. Toronto: Macmillan, 1939.
  • Discovery. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1940.
  • What Far Kingdom. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1941.
  • Canada at Dieppe. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1942.
  • Five Poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1943.
  • Nine Poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1944.
  • True Harvest: Poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1945.
  • Lines from Deepwood. Toronto: Hugh Heaton Printing House, 1946.
  • Collected Poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1947.
  • More Lines from Deepwood. Toronto: George Sheppard, 1949.
  • The Treasures of the Snow. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1950.
  • This Green Earth: Poems. Gananoque, ON: Carillon Press Chapbooks, 1953.
  • Tom Thomson, and other poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press , 1954.
  • Ten Narrative Poems. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1955.
  • A Gathering. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1958.
  • Paul Bunyan, Three Lincoln Poems, and other verse. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1961.
  • To and Fro in the Earth: Poems, 1963. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1963.
  • John Donne was Right: Poems, 1964. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1964.
  • He Who Has Looked on Beauty. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1965.
  • Watcher of Men: Selected poems, 1947-1966. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1966.


  • Five Canadian Poets. Montreal: Quality Press, 1954.
    • revised edition, Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1956, 1968.
  • The Quick and the Dead: Views and reviews on poetry. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1955.
  • Edward William Thomson: A bibliography with notes and some letters. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1955.



  • Rhymes of the French Regime. Toronto: Nelson, 1937.
  • Come a Singing! Canadian folk songs (edited by Arthur S. Bourinot & Marius Barbeau; illustrated by Arthur Lismer). Ottawa: National Museum of Canada, 1947.
  • William Marshall: His Verse, and some letters. Halifax: 1950.
  • Archibald Lampman's Letters to Edward William Thomson (1890-1898). Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1956.
  • The Letters of Edward William Thomson to Archibald Lampman (1891-97). Otawa:Arthur S. Bourinot, 1957.
  • At the Mermaid Inn: Conducted by A. Lampman, W.W. Campbell, Duncan C. Scott [Essays having appeared in the "Toronto Globe", 1892-93]. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1958.
  • Some Letters of Duncan Campbell Scott, Archibald Lampman, and Others. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1959.
  • More Letters of Duncan Campbell Scott. Ottawa: Arthur S. Bourinot, 1960.

Except where noted, bibliographic information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Bourinot, Arthur S.", Library and Archives Canada,, Web, Apr. 20, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John W. Garvin,"Arthur S. Bourinot," Canadian Poets, (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916), 463,, Web, Apr. 20, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Carole Gerson, "Arthur Stanley Bourinot Biography," Encyclopedia of Literature, 7466,, Web, Apr. 20, 2011.
  4. Search results = Arthur S. Bourinot, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Web, June 1, 2013.

External linksEdit


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