Fonds RC0128 - Christopher Levenson fonds

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Christopher Levenson fonds

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  • 1944-2022 (Creation)
    Levenson, Christopher

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4.31 m of textual records.
15 sound recordings.
4 diskettes.

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Christopher Levenson - poet, translator, editor, and professor of English and creative writing - was born in London, England in 1934. He lived in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States before moving to Canada in 1968. His first book of poetry, In Transit was included in New Poets (1959). In 1960 he was the first recipient of the Eric Gregory Award. He was co-founder and editor of Arc magazine, and from 1981 to 1991 founded and organized the Arc reading series in Ottawa. Since living in Canada, he has published many articles and books of poetry. He has published two volumes of translations from seventeenth-century Dutch poetry and individual verse translations in European journals. He taught English and creative writing at Carleton University and was Series Editor of Harbinger Poets, an imprint of Carleton University Press, devoted exclusively to first books of Canadian poetry. He was for a year Poetry Editor of the Literary Review of Canada. He lives in Vancouver.

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There have been twelve accruals. The first accrual consists of: manuscripts and typescripts of some published works; literary correspondence; and typescripts and related correspondence pertaining to specific poetry. It is divided into two series: manuscripts and typescripts; and literary correspondence, which is divided into two subseries (correspondence relating to individual poetry books; and general literary correspondence). The second accrual consists correspondence and manuscripts arranged into three series: Harbinger Poetry, the Literary Review of Canada and Levenson's collected poems. The third accrual consists of four series: collected poems; manuscripts and typescripts; other literary activities; correspondence. The fourth accrual consists of four series: manuscripts, collected poems, sound recording, personal and literary correspondence. The fifth accrual consists of three series: writings, correspondence, and other work. The sixth accrual contains writing and correspondence. The seventh accrual consists of the collected poems for Levenson's thirteenth volume of poetry, as well as correspondence, recordings, and teaching material. The eighth accrual includes reviews, publications, and posters. The ninth accrual consists of the collected poems for Levenson's fourteenth volume of poetry, correspondence, and recordings. The tenth accrual consists of collected poems for Levenson’s fourteenth volume of poetry and correspondence. The eleventh accrual combines accessions 2020—015 and 2021-008. It consists of correspondence, poetry for Levenson’s fourteenth and fifteenth volumes; recordings and Dutch translation of Levenson’s book of poetry. The twelfth accrual is arranged into the following series: Writing; Literary activities; Society of Friends (Quakers); Teaching, Readings, Workshops and publications; Correspondence.

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First accrual (27-1998) was acquired in November 1998; second accrual (02-2002) in January 2002; the third accrual (09-2007, 21-2007 and 22-2007) in various installments between May to July 2007; fourth accrual (10-2008 and 26-2009) in 2008 and 2009; fifth accrual (02-2011) in 2011; sixth accrual (13-2012) in 2012; seventh accrual (2014-057, 2015-022) in December 2014 and April 2015; ninth accrual (2017-005, 2018-012) in February 2017 and June 2018; tenth accrual (2019-032, 2019-036) in May and June 2019; the eleventh accrual (2020-2015, 2021-008) in March 2020 and August 2021; the twelfth accrual in September 2023; all from Christopher Levenson.


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B. Whittle, 9th accrual, 2018.
C. Long, 10th accrual, 2019.
C. Long, 11th accrual, 2022.
R. Barrett, 12th accrual, 2023.

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