Robert Fulford


Story Telling in the Age of Mass Culture

"Fulford does what he does with flair; his arabesques are worth re-reading and remembering."
-The Globe and Mail

"Lively and frequently witty...greatly enjoyable"
-The Toronto Star

"An entertaining read...Fulford spots narrative threads in odd and fascinating places."
-The Independent Weekly (Toronto)

"Fulford is one of the few intellectuals as comfortable with Elmore Leonard as with Saul Bellow...a book large in soul, insight, and importance. Every reader, and every student of narrative in all its Splendor and vast multimedia reach, ought to have a copy."
-The Daily News (Halifax)

"Narrative is the juncture where facts and feelings meet," writes Robert Fulford, an eminent author on cultural topics. "It is the bundle in which we wrap truth, hope, and dread. It is how we explain, how we teach, how we entertain ourselves; and how we often do all three at once."

In his compelling book, Robert Fulford argues that narrative is central to civilization and that we package our understanding of life and history as a series of narratives.

Into this vibrant mix he includes sexual gossip, urban legends, and forms of street literature. There are insightful discussions of the great works from the Book of Job, to the tales of Sir Walter Scott, to the contemporary novels of Saul Bellow.

Important are films, television, journalism, and the master narratives of great historians like Gibbon and Parkman. But narrative also includes the private lies people tell each other to make their lives bearable.

The Triumph of Narrative was commissioned for the prestigious Massey Lecture Series.

Broadway/RH US/2001
Anansi/Stoddart CAN/1999


The Transformation
of Toronto

In 30 years, Toronto has evolved from being a dull, "sanctimonious icebox" to one of the most vital and vibrant cities in North America. Robert Fulford describes the people, the ideas, and the tensions that shaped its emergence.

Toronto is a city where ideas have been important. Jane Jacobs, Northrop Frye, Marshall McLuhan, Glenn Gould, Margaret Atwood, and Robertson Davies have all had an impact and made it a more interesting place to live.

There is also the secret Toronto, the Toronto of hidden ravines and vast labyrinthine underground shopping tunnels.

For the traveller, Accidental City is an illuminating and lucid guide. For the citizen, it is a revelation. And for those interested in cities and in city-making, it is an important contribution to the debate on the creation of a dynamic and liveable urban environment. Robert Fulford is writing about Toronto, but it could be any modern city and the forces confronting it at the dawn of the new century.

Macfarlane Walter & Ross Canada /Sept95
Davison/Houghton Mifflin /US96
Trillium Award Nominee 1996



Three decades of cultural change with a cast that includes Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood.

Also see Robert Fulford's website!