Collection RC0708 - Irving Layton collection

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Irving Layton collection

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  • 1961-1969 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records
7 audio cassettes

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Irving Layton was born in Neamts, Rumania on 12 March 1912. He moved to Canada the next year with his parents Moses and Keine Lasarovitch. He was educated at McGill University. A prolific and controversial poet, he published his first collected poems in 1959, A Red Carpet for the Sun, which won the Governor's General Award for Poetry. His poems have been collected several times since then. Layton died on 4 January 2006.

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The collection consists of a small amount of correspondence with Glenn Sinclair, who was working on a bibliography of Layton, as well as interviews with and broadcasts by Layton which are available on audio cassettes and transcripts.

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Provenance and date of acquisition of the collection is unknown but the collection presumably was donated by Glenn Sinclair, an employee of McMaster University Library in the 1960s.


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