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Canadian Literature

A representative selection of the papers of nineteenth and twentieth century Canadian authors is held among the private papers and archives. This material includes single items, small bodies of private papers and a number of large archives for both major and minor figures. The holdings are particularly strong in poetry.

Among nineteenth century authors whose papers and manuscripts are present in the collections are Charles Sangster (1822-1893) and William McLennan (1856-1904). The papers of Henry J. Morgan include his interleaved and annotated copy of the Bibliotheca Canadensis as well as extensive correspondence. There are small holdings for many of the literary figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries associated with William Douw Lighthall (1857-1954) such as Charles G.D. Roberts, William W. Campbell, Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott. The papers of W.D. Lighthall contain long series of correspondence with many of them as well as documentation on his own activities.

A description of the Lighthall papers will be found in Richard Virr, "Son of the Great Dominion: W.D. Lighthall and the Lighthall Family Papers" Fontanus vol. II (1989), 103-109.

The Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) papers include many of the original manuscripts and some typescripts of many of his stories and books. As well, there is some correspondence, both outgoing and incoming. The Leacock collection also encompasses a number of subordinate collections directly related to Leacock. These include the Gordon Glassco, James Keddie and British and International Press Ltd. papers.

The collection also holds the papers of a number of other twentieth-century Canadian authors. The Hugh MacLennan papers include correspondence, two unpublished novels, the drafts of Two Solitudes and The Watch that Ends the Night, and many articles. The papers of Dorothy Duncan include Hugh MacLennan's letters to her, unpublished manuscripts and material relating to her published works. The John Glassco papers include much of his early work, the "Intimate Journal" 1934-1961, and correspondence. The Bryan McCarthy papers include correspondence, the Booster and Blaster records and much of his work from the 1960s. Another Canadian poet for whom there is recent material is Raymond Souster, and the collection also holds the papers of Christopher Dewdney. Among other modern authors who should be mentioned are Mark Abley, Milton Acorn, Patrick Anderson, Cathy Arthur, Leslie Gordon Barnard (1895-1961), George Bowering, Ann Diamond, Deborah Eibel, Judith Fitzgerald, Michael Harris, Steven Heighton, Penn Kemp, Colin McDougall, Joseph E. McDougall, Malcolm Miller, Ken Norris, Julian Samuel, Stephen Scobie, Sharon Thesen and Julian Samual. Records of Muses' Company are also held. The papers of the McGill educated critic Leon Edel (1907-1998) include not only material for his work on Henry James, but much correspondence concerning Canadian literature.


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