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Most of Acorn’s biographers and critics have been similarly negligent of his communistic beliefs and activities. Francis Zichy, in an article on Acorn in Profiles in Canadian Literature 4 (1982), scarcely mentions them. Terry Goldie, in his Dictionary of Literary Biography entry on Acorn (1986), dismisses the communism briefly as part of the mythology the poet created for himself . Ed Jewinski’s Milton Acorn and His Works (1990) recognizes Acorn as a "Marxist" poet, but isolates the word in quotation marks, relating it to Acorn’s "self-declared" status as a "Marxist, Marxist-Leninist, Trotskyist, Maoist, and Canadian nationalist". The first book-length biography of Acorn, Chris Gudgeon’s Out of This World (1996), includes an account of Acorn’s literary beginnings in the Communist Party, but the account is brief and obviously skeptical about Marxism and Acorn’s commitment to it.
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