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Percy Janes

Percy Janes has been referred to by many as Newfoundland's pre-eminent novelist and his second novel House of Hate has been singled out as "the great Newfoundland novel".

Janes was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, March 12, 1922, moving with his family to Corner Brook in 1929 where he completed school, before returning to St. John's to attend Memorial University College.

After serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII, Janes studied for four years at Victoria College in Toronto, teaching private school in Ontario before moving to England in the 1950's. After spending what he termed his " wander years ", he returned to Newfoundland in the mid-1970s. At this point, his writing gained momentum and Janes decided to make it his full-time occupation.

While he was living in England, Janes began writing what was to become his most acclaimed work, House of Hate, the story of a family consumed by hate, desperate for love, living in a mill town in western Newfoundland. The novel catapulted Janes into the limelight of Newfoundland letters. The book has been studied in university level English Literature, Linguistics, Psychology and Sociology courses both within and outside Newfoundland. It was published in a New Canadian Library edition in 1976 and reprinted by Breakwater Books (St. John's) in 1992.

Janes spent the last 25 years of his life living and writing in Newfoundland, usually in St. John's, releasing 9 novels and 2 books of poetry He died on February 19, 1999.

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