Jack McClelland, who headed one of Canada's most influential publishing houses, died at his home in Toronto on Monday, June 14, 2004. He was 81. Under his leadership, McClelland and Stewart became the biggest name in Canadian publishing. The company and its head became a strong voice for Canadian culture and a national identity. The list of authors who rose to fame under McClelland's influence reads like a Who's Who of Canadian literature: Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat, Leonard Cohen and Peter C. Newman, to name a few. In 1985, he was forced to sell his majority stake to a real-estate developer. McClelland cut his last ties with the company in 1987. In his later years, he wintered in Marco Island.
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