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George Amabile fonds. - [1968]-[1985]. - 2 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Poet, short-story writer and editor, George Amabile was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1936, and studied at the University of Conneticut (Ph.D., 1969). The early part of his literary career concentrated primarily on poetry and the four books published in the 1960s and 1970s by Canada's small presses were well received. These culminated in The Presence of Fire (1982) which was awarded the Canadian Authors'Association Silver Medal for Poetry in 1983. Amabile founded and edited the Far Point (1968-1973), edited Northern Light, and two poetry journals; and he co-edited an anthology of poems about Louis Riel No Feather, No Ink: After Riel (1985). Currently Amabile is a Professor of English at the University of Manitoba.

Scope and Content

The fonds contains literary papers created by George Amabile since the early 1950s and documents an important period in Canada's literary history, especially for the Western region of Canada. The fonds includes the complete collection of his poetry worksheets, manuscripts and typescripts of poetry and short fiction; personal and professional correspondence received as editor of the Far Point and Northern Light; correspondence with contemporary Canadian poets and writers E.D. Blodgett, D.G. Jones, Ralph Gustafson, Al Purdy, Patrick Lane, Susan Musgrave, Douglas Burnett, Doug Fetherling, J. Michael Yates, Elizabeth Woods, John Newlove, Kevin Roberts; filmscript and unpublished novel The Survivor; Ph.D. thesis; and works by other writers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from George Amabile in 1990. [1990-04]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some restrictions on consultation.

Finding Aid: brief listing available.

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