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John Hulcoop fonds. - 1950-2000. - 70 cm of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Scholar, critic, editor and poet John Hulcoop was born in London, England in 1930, and pursued his education at University College London. Hulcoop immigrated to Canada in the 1950s and began teaching in the English department at the University of British Columbia, where he is now Professor Emeritus. A 19th century scholar by training, Hulcoop has written on both the novel and the long poem, and has published works on Robert Browning, George Eliot, Truman Capote, and Virginia Woolf. As an editor and critic of Phyllis Webb's work, he edited and wrote the introduction to Phyllis Webb's Selected Poems of Phyllis Webb, 1954-65 (Talonbooks, 1971) and published Phyllis Webb and Her Works (ECW Press, 1990). John Hulcoop has also maintained a long friendship with Phyllis Webb. During his college days at University College London, Hulcoop met Jane Rule resulting in another important friendship. As a critic, Hulcoop pursued a critical interest in Timothy Findley and produced the first major critical essay on Findley's work for Canadian Literature (Winter 1981). As an editor and poet he has come into contact with a number of other Canadian writers and has produced two works of poetry, Three Ring Circus Songs (Talonbooks, 1968) and Untuning the Sky (Pamina Publishing, 2000). John Hulcoop lives and works in Vancouver.

Scope and Content:

The fonds contains correspondence with writers such as Phyllis Webb, Jane Rule, Timothy Findley and David Watmough; as well as handwritten drafts, typescripts and final typescripts for writing by Jane Rule, Phyllis Webb, David Watmough and for Hulcoop's own poetic works. In many cases, the files include notes to researchers by the fonds creator indicating the relevance of the material. The fonds contains the following series: Series I. Phyllis Webb, Series II. Jane Rule, Series III. Various Correspondence, Series IV. Poetry by John Hulcoop 2001-02.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received directly from John Hulcoop in 2001 [2001-02].

Restrictions on Access and Use: Correspondence with Jane Rule is RESTRICTED and will remain sealed until her death. Correspondence with Phyllis Webb requires the permission of both Phyllis Webb and John Hulcoop.

Finding Aid: This finding aid is a combination of the calendar of items submitted by John Hulcoop along with the material and a RAD (Rules for Archival Description) description to the file level by the archivist. The itemized lists by John Hulcoop inserted after the RAD description of each file is noted for their personal detail and assistance to the researcher.

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