From: The National Post - Jack McClelland's Canada by Robert Fulford
McClelland was the engine of the book business in 20th-century Canada.
He had a nose for literary talent, a deep loyalty to his authors and the instincts of a midway barker.
He also had enough entrepreneurial energy to keep going when he was out of money, out of bank credit and out of everything else except sheer nerve.
The publicity he created for Leonard Cohen and Margaret Laurence, for Farley Mowat and Margaret Atwood, and for dozens more, brought Canadian writers out of obscurity and made them a crucial part of national life.