He died in Toronto on December 19, 1971.
Bruce's Nova Scotia childhood formed the subject matter of his most successful collection of poetry, The Mulgrave Road. The book "conveyed the maritime details of those early experiences in clear, direct, metrical verse" – verse Bruce endorsed as "simple and stirring and understandable without drifting into banality, using the concrete terms of life." Neither verse nor regionalism were in vogue at the time, and the book got some unfavorable reviews. One complained of its "trite universals which meet on the fair-weather ground of inadequate and uninspired words,” while another declared that it "reaches into the backwaters which the busy world has bypassed.”
The Mulgrave Road won the Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama in 1952.
Northrop Frye praised The Mulgrave Road as "consistently successful." A.J.M. Smith and Ralph Gustafson included Bruce's poetry in their anthologies, the Oxford Book of Canadian Verse and the Penguin Book of Canadian Verse .
- Wild Apples. Sackville, NB: Tribune Press, 1927.
- Tomorrow's Tide. Toronto: Macmillan, 1932.
- Personal Note. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1941.
- Grey Ship Moving, and other poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press / London: British Authors' Press, 1945.
- The Flowing Summer. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1947.
- The Mulgrave Road. Toronto, Macmillan, 1951.
- The Mulgrave Road: Selected poems of Charles Bruce.(edited by Andy Wainwright and Lesley Choyce). Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1985.
- The Channel Shore. Toronto: Macmillan, 1954.
- The Township of Time: A chronicle. Toronto: Macmilan, 1959.
- News and the Southams. Toronto: Macmillan, 1968.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Charles Bruce ," Canadian Books & Authors, canadianauthors.net, Web, July 4, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Charles Bruce ," Vehicule Press, Web, July 4, 2011.
- ↑ Gwendolyn Davies, "Song Fishermen," Encyclopedia of Canadian History, 8122, JRank.org, Web, Apr. 15, 2011.
- ↑ Search results = au:Charles Bruce, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 19, 2014.
- "Charles Bruce " profile at Vehicule Press.
- "Sound, Sense and Structure in Charles Bruce's 'Back Road Farm,'" Speaking of Poetry blog.
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