Fonds RC0004 - James King fonds

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James King fonds

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  • 1980-2001 (Creation)

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1.78 cm of textual records
131 photographs: b&w and col.
5 sets of negatives : b&w

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James King was born in Springfield, Mass. on 14 June 1942. He received his M.A. in 1969 and Ph.D in 1970 from Princeton University. He was Assistant Professor of English at Loyola College, 1970-71, and from 1971-77 at McMaster University. He became Associate Professor of English at McMaster in 1977 and Professor of English in 1983. He was Chair of the McMaster Association for Eighteenth Century Studies from 1984-88.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1993. King has received several prestigious awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1980-81, and the Killam Research Fellow Award, 1988-90. His scholarly works have gained him the rank of University Professor. He is co-editor of The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper, (4 vols., 1979-86) and the author of many biographies. He is also a novelist.

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There have been four accruals. The first accrual (57-1995, 30 cm) consists of manuscripts and research notes for three of his published works, Interior Landscapes: A Life of Paul Nash (1987), The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read (1990), and Virginia Woolf (1994); draft typescript and galley proof; and editorial and literary correspondence (including Graham Greene, Stephen Spender, Muriel Spark, and Francis Bacon).

The second accrual (26-1997, 60 cm) consists of material relating to The Life of Margaret Laurence (1997), editorial notes, photographs and correspondence (including Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Al Purdy, and letters from Margaret Laurence to her editor, Alan Maclean.

The third accrual (27-1999, 68 cm) consists of three series: manuscripts and related material for Faking (1999) and Jack: A Life with Writers, The Story of Jack McClelland (1999), photographs, and literary correspondence.

The fourth accrual (16-2001, 20 cm) consists of two draft typescripts of *Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat</I> (2002) and editorial correspondence.

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The first accrual was acquired in 1995, the second in 1997, the third in 1999, and the fourth in 2001, from Professor King.


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Access restrictions: F.24b, box 6 (letter from Jocelyn Laurence) and F.1-2, box 7 ("Double Vision". Ts.) can be viewed only with King's permission. Copyright in the photographs of Margaret Laurence resides with Jocelyn and David Laurence.

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First Accrual: Finding Aid
Second Accrual: Finding Aid
Third Accrual: Finding Aid
Fourth Accrual: Finding Aid

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