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Guy Sylvestre fonds. - 1930-1990. - 40.5 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Essayist, literary critic and literary historian Guy-Joseph Sylvestre was born in Sorel, Quebec in 1918. He received a classical education at Collège Sainte-Marie in Montreal and at the University of Ottawa, where he obtained a B.A. in philosophy in 1941 and a master's degree in arts in 1942. He was a translator in the Senate (1942-1944) and wrote book reviews for Le Droit (1940-1948). He contributed to numerous newspapers and journals, founded the journal Gants du ciel in 1943 and published an annual article on the topic poetry in Quebec in the University of Toronto Quarterly (1958-1968). Sylvestre was named to the Royal Society of Canada in 1952 and to the Académie canadienne-française in 1954. He was Associate National Librarian (1956-1968) and then National Librarian (1968-1983) at the National Library of Canada.

Scope and Content

The Guy Sylvestre fonds contains correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts of his books and articles; clippings; literary files and records pertaining to the publication of Gants du ciel, L'Anthologie de la poésie canadienne d'expression française, and Poètes catholiques dans la France contemporaine; the fonds also contains correspondence with individuals and associations and files on the organization of the World Meeting on Poetry in 1967 and on the Royal Society of Canada.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from Guy Sylvestre in two accessions. [1984-11, 1991-01]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: some restrictions.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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