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Raymond Knister fonds
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1.5 m of textual records and graphic material
2 audio reels
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Raymond Knister, poet and novelist, was born in Windsor, Ontario on 27 May 1899. He was educated at Victoria College for one year until poor health forced him to leave. In 1929 his first novel, White Narcissus appeared, and he began work on a biographical novel about John Keats, eventually entitled My Star Predominant. While on holiday at a cottage on Lake St. Clair, Knister accidentally drowned on 29 August, 1932. My Star Predominant was published posthumously in 1934 and his Collected Poems appeared in 1949.
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The fonds contains correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings and other published materials, personal and family materials, including photographs, two audio reels.
Immediate source of acquisition
The first accrual was purchased from Knister's daughter, Imogen Givens, in June 1981. The second accrual was purchased in January 1984 also from Imogen Givens.
There have been two accruals. The first accrual is arranged into the following series: correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings and other published materials, personal and family materials, including photographs, two audio reels. The second accrual contains manuscripts.
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Further accruals are not expected.
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