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HARRIS, DAVID, 1948-1994

David Harris fonds. - 1966- 1994. - 7 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

David W. Harris, better known as David UU (pronounced "double-you") was born in Barrie, Ontario in 1948. He is considered an accomplished concrete and experimental poet and an important small press publisher. Along with bill bissett and bp Nichol, he was a pioneer of the concrete-poetry movement in Canada, and perhaps the first Canadian poet to explore visual collage embodying literary, philosophical and language references. He also wrote and published more conventional poetry, poems and prose for children, two novels, short stories, scripts for theatrical performance and several essays. In addition, Harris founded and operated Fleye Press (1966-67), Derwyddon Press (1972-73), Silver Birch Press (1987-94), and co-founded grOnk in 1967. Harris died in 1994 at a farmhouse near Delhi, Ontario.

Scope and Content

The David Harris fonds includes manuscripts of his published and unpublished works, as well as handwritten notes in his "Work in Progress" file. Harris encouraged and published a younger generation of experimental writers and the fonds contains extensive correspondence with Canadian writers. Also included are books and periodicals published by Harris or in which his works appeared, as well as, many small press publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Received from the Estate of David W. Harris in 1996. [1996-01]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary finding aid available.

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