A Second View of Things: A Memoir


185 pages
ISBN 0-7710-8638-5




Reviewed by B.A. Robinson

B.A. Robinson was a freelance reviewer from Toronto.


Albert W. Trueman was the president of two Canadian universities and the first director of the Canada Council, in addition to being a Shakespearean scholar and a singer of almost professional quality. His autobiography is a restrained document, low-key and balanced, revealing little of the personality of the man who by any standards has had an exceptional professional life. While he recounts his adventures in a very readable style, nowhere does the reader get the flavour of the times or the background motivations of the writer. When one has finished the book, there remain many questions, the most pressing of which is “Who was the man?”


Trueman, Albert W., “A Second View of Things: A Memoir,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/38108.