Fonds RC0723 - W. D. Lightall fonds

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W. D. Lightall fonds

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  • 1945-1947 (Creation)

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1 book appendix
1 manuscript

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William Douw Lightall, lawyer, historian, novelist, poet, philosopher, anthologist, and editor was born on 27 December 1857 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was educated at McGill University. He practised law in Montreal from 1881-1944, became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1902, Mayor of Westmount, Quebec from 1900 to 1903, and president of the Canadian Authors Association in 1930.

His first novel, The Young Seigneur; or, Nation-making, using the pen name of Wilfrid Châteauclair, was published in 1888. The next year his poetry anthology, Songs of the Great Dominion: Voices from the Forests and Waters, the Settlements and Cities of Canada was published. His Canada: A Modern Nation was published in 1904. In 1933 The Person of Evolution: The Outer Consciousness, The Outer Knowledge, The Directive Power, Studies of Instinct as Contribution to a Philosophy of Evolution was published. Lightall died on 3 August 1954.

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The fonds contains 'Appendix V' and a manuscript, both from Lightall's book, The Person of Evolution.

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The manuscript was removed from a copy of The Person of Evolution purchased by McMaster University at some unknown time before December 1986.


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