|The Canadian Bookman, January 1909|
Prof Brown, whose work focusses on the history of popular fiction, used the GNV to trace the rise of the term "middlebrow". I began with "Ontario Gothic" (as with all, click the graph to enlarge):
Here, for example, is a search that charts the shift away from "L.M. Montgomery" to "Lucy Maud Montgomery". Interesting to note that the two lines converge in the mid-nineties, when most of her work entered the public domain.
The real fun comes in drawing comparisons between writers. Here, for example, are Canada's Booker Prize winners:
Better yet, Irving Layton versus Louis Dudek:
Here we see the careers of rivals Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles G.D. Roberts:
The declining interest in Seton and Sir Charles made me curious about Sir Gilbert Parker, our biggest fin de siecle author.
Sobering. Wonder how I'm doing.