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Robert Harlow fonds. - 1953-1983. - 4.5 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1923, Harlow joined the R.C.A.F. at the age of 19 and served as a Flying Officer until his discharge in 1945. He studied at the University of British Columbia (B.A., 1948) where he participated in Earle Birney's creative-writing workshops, and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa (1950) - the first Canadian to attend Paul Engle's writers' workshop. On his return to Canada, Harlow joined the CBC as a public-affairs producer, and with Robert Weaver, was instrumental in launching the popular literary program Anthology (1953). He was appointed CBC's director of radio for the British Columbia (B.C.) region in 1955. Among his contributions to the literary community in B.C., Harlow founded the literary magazine, Prism International (1959), with Birney and others. In 1965, he was appointed founding head of the Department of Creative Writing at UBC, Canada's first department of creative writing with which he was affiliated for 24 years (as head from 1965-77 and as professor from 1977-88) and where he is currently professor emeritus. He has published numerous novels, including Royal Murdoch (1962), Scann, (1972), Making Arrangements, (1978), Paul Nolan (1983), Felice: A Travelogue (1985), and The Saxophone Winter (1988), as well as contributions to anthologies and literary reviews.

Scope and Content

The Robert Harlow fonds includes correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts; diaries; research notes for poetry, novels, short stories; scripts for radio, television and film; articles and book reviews. The fonds includes materials for Royal Murdoch, A Gift of Echoes, Scann, Making Arrangements, Paul Nolan and Felice: A Travelogue.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Robert Harlow in 1984. [1984-10]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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