Fonds RC0288 - Patrick Lane fonds

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Patrick Lane fonds

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  • 1966-1972 (Creation)

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37 cm of textual records and graphic material.

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Patrick Lane was born on 26 March 1939 in Nelson, British Columbia. After working in general construction jobs, sawmill and logging work, he moved to Vancouver in the early 1960s, and with Bill Bissett and Seymour Mayne he started Very Stone House Press. His poetry concerns the brutal and violent world of mills and camps in the interior of British Columbia. His poems have twice been collected by Oxford University Press, in 1978 and 1987.

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There have been three accruals. There was a small second accrual of 2 letters from Patrick Lane to Fraser Sutherland. The text of one of these letters was transcribed by Fraser Sutherland in his letter to McMaster of 7 May 1976. The location of the two letters is unknown. The third accrual consits of a letter from Lane to Asher Joram (Jack), a letter from Lane to Norman Hart, and b&w print illustrations.

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Fonds was purchased in 1971. Second accrual was purchased in May 1976. The third accrual was acquired from Asher Joram sometime after that.


The first accrual is arranged into the following series: manuscripts and correspondence. Correspondents include Milton Acorn, Margaret Atwood, Earle Birney, Irving Layton, Dorothy Livesay, Al Purdy and many other Canadian writers. The manuscripts series contains two manuscripts by Red Lane (1936-1964), Patrick's brother.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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