JRC’s Books

The Complete List

Here is a list of all the separate, book-length titles written, compiled, and translated by this productive author and anthologist. It has been said that Colombo is the country’s most prolific author of serious books. Below his titles are arranged by category and by year of publication. The source is JRC’s Self-Schrift (2015). The included works range from monographs to multi-volume tomes from 1959 to 2016. [Title count, July 1, 2016: 231 titles]

Totals by Category

Here are all of JRC’s books with numbers of titles arranged by category: Poetry (53), Poetry Anthologies (11), Aphorisms (11), Canadiana (15), Quote Books (7), Reference (8), Compilations (23), Fantastic Literature (12), Humour & Lore (27), East European Lore (5), Mysteries (21), Personal Accounts Series (12), Stories Series (4), Monograph Series (6), Native Studies (7), Translations (19).

Poetry

Lines for the Last Day (1960)
The Mackenzie Poems (1966)
Miraculous Montages (1966)
The Great Wall of China (1966, 1996)
William Lyon Mackenzie Rides Again! (1967)
Abracadabra (1967)
John Toronto (1969)
Neo Poems (1970)
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (1971)
Leonardo’s Lists (1972)
Praise Poems (1972)
Translations from the English (1974)
The Sad Truths (1974)
The Great Collage (1974)
Proverbial Play (1975)
Mostly Monsters (1977, 1995)
Variable Cloudiness (1977)
Private Parts (1978)
The Great Cities of Antiquity (1979)
Selected Poems (1982)
Selected Translations (1982)
Recent Poems (1982)
Off Earth (1987)
Luna Park / One Thousand Poems (1994)
Space Poems (1995)
Contrails (1996)
Earlier Lives (1996)
Ether / Rewords (1997)
What Is What (1998)
Interspaces (1999)
Half a World Away (2000)
Impromptus (2000)
Far Star (2001)
Foundlings (2002)
More or Less (2003)
One Hundred Poems (2003)
Ones (2003)
Yes and No (2004)
To Take from Life (2005)
All the Poems of John Robert Colombo (3 volumes, 2005)
Parts of a World (2006)
Autumn in August (2007)
One Word Poems (2008)
End Notes (2008)
A Far Cry (2009)
End of Greatness (2010)
Poems of Space and Time (2010)
Entresol (2011)
Less of Light (2012)
A Standing Wave (2013)
A World of Differences (2014)
Late in the Day (2015)
Immense Estates (2016)

Poetry Anthologies

The Varsity Chapbook (1959)
Poetry 64 / Poésie 64 (1963)
Shapes & Sounds (1968)
How Do I Love Thee (1970)
New Direction in Canadian Poetry (1971)
Rhymes and Reasons (1971)
Trio (1975)
The Poets of Canada (1978)
We Stand on Guard (1985, 1998)
James Gay: Master of All Poets (1996)
The Penguin Treasury of Popular Canadian Poems and Songs (2002)

Aphorisms

Uncommon Knowledge (1996)
Semi-Certainties (1998)
Open Secrets (2000)
Briefs (2001)
Personal Effects (2003)
A Is for Aphorism (2006)
All the Aphorisms of John Robert Colombo (2006)
Indifferences (2009)
Imponderables (2011)
A Quaint and Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore (2012)
Uncommonplaces (2014, 2015)

Canadiana

Colombo’s Book of Canada (1978, 1998)
Toronto’s Fantastic Street Names (1982)
Colombo’s 101 Canadian Places (1983)
Colombo’s Canadiana Quiz Book (1983)
Canadian Literary Landmarks (1983)
1001 Questions about Canada (1986)
999 Questions about Canada (1989)
Writer’s Map of Toronto (1991)
Writer’s Map of Ontario (1992)
QuasiBook Edition of the Writer’s Map of Canada (1995)
Quotable Canada (1998)
Incredible Canadiana (2000)
1000 Questions about Canada (2001)
Footloose: A Commentary on the Books of Gordon Sinclair (2008)
Fascinating Canada: A Book of Questions and Answers (2011)

Quote Books

Colombo’s Canadian Quotations (1974)
Colombo’s Concise Canadian Quotations (1976)
Colombo’s New Canadian Quotations (1987)
The Dictionary of Canadian Quotations (1991)
Colombo’s All-Time Great Canadian Quotations (1994)
Colombo’s Famous Lasting Words (2000)
The Penguin Dictionary of Popular Canadian Quotations (2006)

Reference

Colombo’s Names & Nicknames (1974)
Colombo’s Canadian References (1976)
The Canada Colouring Book (1980)
The Canadian Global Almanac (1992-2000)
Omnium Gatherum (1994)
Shapely Places (1996)
Self-Schrift (1999, 2007, 2015)
Whistle While You Work (2008)

Compilations

Richard Maurice Bucke: Catalogue (1963)
Probings (1968)
Colombo’s Hollywood (1979)
Walt Whitman’s Canada (1992)
R.M. Bucke: The New Consciousness (1994, 2007)
Worlds in Small (1992)
Small Wonders (2000)
Say It Again, Sam (2003)
Miniatures (2006)
Leacock’s Fantasia (2 volumes, 2007)
Leacock’s Mysteries (2007)
The Canadian Adventures of Jules Verne (2013)
The Northrop Frye Quote Nook (2014)

Fantastic Literature

CDN SF&F (1979)
Other Canadas (1979)
Blackwood’s Books (1981)
Friendly Aliens (1981)
Not to Be Taken at Night (1981)
Leslie A. Croutch: Years of Light (1982)
Ralph Huntingford: The True Canadian (2000)
Algernon Blackwood’s Canadian Tales of Terror (2004)
Maurice Level: Stories of Fear and Fascination (2007)
Tesseracts 14 (2010), co-editor
The Sumuru Omnibus (2010) by Sax Rohmer, editor
Tears of Our Lady: The Wisdom of Sumuru Recounted by Sax Rohmer (2010), editor
The Crime Magnet: The Adventures of Major Bernard de Treville (2012) by Sax Rohmer, editor
Pipe Dreams: Occasional Writings of Sax Rohmer (2012), editor
A Rohmer Miscellany (2014)

Humour & Lore

Colombo’s Little Book of Canadian Proverbs (1975, 1997)
222 Canadian Jokes (1981)
Colombo’s Last Words (1982)
Colombo’s Laws (1982)
Only in Canada (1982)
Colombo’s Canadiana Quiz Book (1983)
René Lévesque Buys Canada Savings Bonds (1983)
Great Moments in Canadian History (1984)
The Toronto Puzzle Book (1984)
Canada First Quiz (1984)
Quotations from Chairman Lamport (1990)
Ogdenisms (1994)
Metro’s Goldwyn Mayor (1995)
Erotica Canadiana (1995)
666 Canadian Jokes (1996)
Slightly Higher in Canada (1996)
Colombo’s Doublebook of Laws & Last Lines (1996)
The Stephen Leacock Quote Book (1996, 2004)
Kidstuff (1996)
All About Us (1998)
Canadian Capers (2000)
The Humour of Us (2001)
The Penguin Book of Canadian Jokes (2001)
Only in Canada (2002)
The Ukrainian and the Tractor (2002)
The Penguin Book of More Canadian Jokes (2003)
A Little Book of Facts about a Really Big Country (2007)

East European Lore

Iron Curtains (1996)
More Iron Curtains (1998)
Yet More Iron Curtains (2000)
Ironic Curtains (2004)
Red Humour (2007)

Mysteries

Colombo’s Book of Marvels (1979)
Mysterious Canada (1988, 1998)
The Little Blue Book of UFOs (1992)
Ghost Stories of Ontario (1995)
Haunted Toronto (1996)
The UFO Quote Book (1999)
Three Mysteries of Nova Scotia (1999)
Mysteries of Ontario (1999)
Ghosts in Our Past (2000)
Ghost Stories of Canada (2000)
Many Mysteries (2001)
True Canadian Ghost Stories (2003)
True Canadian UFO Stories (2004)
The Monster Book of Canadian Monsters (2004)
The Midnight Hour (2004)
Terrors of the Night (2005)
Strange but True (2007)
The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (2008)
The Big Book of Canadian Hauntings (2009)
Jeepers Creepers (2011)
Ghosts Over Canada (2014)

Personal Accounts Series

Extraordinary Experiences (1989)
Mysterious Encounters (1990)
Mackenzie King’s Ghost (1991)
UFOs over Canada (1991)
Dark Visions (1992)
Close Encounters of the Canadian Kind (1994)
Ghosts Galore! (1994)
Closer than You Think (1998)

Stories Series

Strange Stories (1994)
Marvellous Stories (1998)
Singular Stories (1999)
Weird Stories (2000)

Monograph Series

Conjuring Up the Owens (1999)
The Occult Webb (1999)
Lambert’s Day (1999)
O Rare Denis Saurat (2003)
The Denis Saurat Reader (2004)
Early Earth (2006)

Native Studies

Poems of the Inuit (1981, 1997)
Windigo (1982, 1997)
Songs of the Indians (1983, 1997)
Songs of the Great Land (1989, 1996)
The Mystery of the Shaking Tent (1993)
Voices of Rama (1994)
The Native Series (6 volumes, 2004)

Translations

Bulgarian

Under the Eaves of a Forgotten Village (1975)
The Balkan Range (1976)
Lyubomir Levchev: The Left-handed One (1977)
Andrei Germanov: Remember Me Well (1978)
Dora Gabe: Depths (1978)

 Spanish

Eluard & Péret: 152 Proverbs Adapted to the Taste of the Day (1975)
Ludwig Zeller: When the Animal Rises from the Deep the Head Explodes (1976)
Ludwig Zeller: Mirages (1977)

Polish

Waclaw Iwaniuk: Dark Times (1979)
Waclaw Iwaniuk: Evenings on Lake Ontario (1981)
Ewa Lipska: Such Times (1981)

Czech

Pavel Javor: Far from You (1981)

Romanian

Marin Sorescu: Selected Poems (1982)

Hungarian

Robert Zend: From Zero to One (1973)
George Faludy: East & West (1978)
Robert Zend: Beyond Labels (1982)
George Faludy: Learn This Poem of Mine by Heart (1983)
Co-editor George Jonas: Some Hungarian Poets (1995)
George Faludy: Two for Faludy (2006)

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