Date Published: 1882 to 1967
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Twenty Canadian authors are represented in this collection dating from 1882 to 1967, containing 59 items specifically, 24 letters, 21 cards and post cards, 3 photos, 6 books, 1 movie herald, 1 issue of a journal, 1 printing block, 1 postcard and 1 leaflet.
BARR, Robert (Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist).
• TLS on letterhead of Idler Illustrated Monthly to the Corresponding Editor of the Youth’s Companion, 10 March 1894, re praising the Youth’s Companion and offering his hospitality in London.
• TLS (tear and piece missing on left side affecting 2 words) to Nannie Manook, 21 April 1910, re her autograph book, was at Bad-Nauheim in Germany (no letters forwarded to him there), finally found her book after some searching, suggests that she not send her autograph book to others.
• B&W photo from the Detroit Free Press, 10 June 1961, with reference to “Luke Sharpe”, Barr’s pseudonym when he was editor that newspaper.
BEATTIE, Jessie L. (Canadian poet, educator, novelist, and dramatist).
• ALS to Mrs. James Simpson, 25 April 1981, she has had a fall and confined to bed, cannot attend the meeting at Brock University, hopes to get copies of addresses of the historians, her book to be released 15 May 1981.
BIRNEY, Earle (Canadian poet).
• Issue of Books in Canada 5, no. 1 (March 1976). Signed on the front cover: “for ron & lorna | in lieu of a book-to- | come | earle | birney | Toronto | 5x9”.
BLAISE, Clark (American-Canadian novelist and short story writer).
• ALS to Greg Gatenby, n.d., re Bharati Mukherjee getting new glasses and that she’ll have no problem getting back in the Canada and the USA.
• TLS from Blaise and Mukherjee (but only signed by Blaise) to Gatenby, , re his time in Toronto in 1978-80 (wrote a few stories, a TV play, book reviews, co-editing with John Metcalf, teaching at York University), Bharati Mukherjee’s difficulties in Toronto and her writing during the period, the Toronto receptions of their last two books.
BODSWORTH, Charles Frederick (Fred) (1918-2012) was a Canadian writer, journalist and amateur naturalist.
• Signed book "The Strange One" [©1959]
BOURINOT, Arthur (Canadian lawyer, scholar, and poet).
• With Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 1967. Leaflet signed with printed poems (“Swans on the Rideau”, “June Night, Deepwood”, and “Hymn”).
• Signed photo card, “Souvenir de Péribonka Eva Bouchard (Maria Chapdelaine) 10 aôut, 1936”.
CONNOR, Ralph (pseud of Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon, Canadian novelist).
• 3 TLS (4 pp.) to the Rev. J.L. Gordon, 17 January 1906, 27 February 1906, and 16 January 1907, re Gordon’s election as President of the Ministerial Association, preaching (Fred L. Smith), he “cannot preach big sermons on such themes”.
• Autograph note from a calendar dated March 21: “`A man’s life is all that he has.’ Yrs. very truly. Charles W. Gordon (Ralph Connor).”
• Autograph note, “with all good luck Yrs. very truly. Charles W. Gordon Ralph Connor Winnipeg Canada”.
• Sheet signed by Connor in Winnipeg, Christmas 1912, for Manley Stewart.
• New York theatre ticket,
• Albert Armstrong’s dramatic picture play of Connor’s The Sky Pilot, Music Hall, 14 December 1904.
• Post card advertising To Him That Hath (Smith & Lamar , Agents, Nashville, Tennessee. • •Signed note, 18 January 1926, “With grateful remembrance of a delightful evening with charming people.”
• Card signed.
• 2 postcards of St. Stephenson’s Church (Connor’s church), Winnipeg, Manitoba.
• B&w photo of Connor at the Lake of the Woods during the Canadian Pacific trip across Canada by the Rt. Hon. Ramsay MacDonald in the company of MacDonald, Sheila MacDonald, Joan MacDonald, Mar Gordon, and Ishbell MacDonald, 30 August 1928, N.E.A. Cox, Palmer (illustrator and author, best known for The Brownies comic series for children).
COX, Palmer (illustrator and author, best known for The Brownies comic series for children).
• ALS to Mr. Abbot, 19 February 1894, re publication of one of The Brownies books. “Am looking over the material for the book and seeing what pages are made up. . ..” Small hole in letter.
• A printing block of a brownie.
GALLANT, Mavis Leslie de Trafford 1922-2014) was a Canadian short story writer who spent much of her life and career in France.
• TLS to Greg Gatenby, 15 March 1988, re his arrival in Paris, the Brownstone Hotel, her memories of staying in Toronto (Massey College, New College in 1983-4).
• Nouvelles de France. Paris: Editions Encre de nuit américaine, 2003. Trans. Aymeric Erouard. Paper covers, perfect bound. Signed presentation copy on the half title for Claude Almeyrac, dated Paris, 2 June, 2003.
• Postcard written in French by Mavis Gallant
KING, Basil (Canadian clergyman turned novelist).
• ALS to Miss Deane, 16 June 1924, apologizes for not replying sooner to her kind letter (ill and unable to use his right hand).
KOGAWA, Joy (born June 6, 1935) is a Canadian poet and novelist of Japanese descent
• Obasan. Boston: David R. Godine, 1981. Paperback, perfect bound. First American ed. Embossed stamp of James C. Murphy on the front free endpaper with an ALS to Murphy, 23 January 1983, including the envelope, thanking him for his letter which took a long time to get to her from Godine to her publisher in Toronto: "My pen balks at what else to say. So--it's just `thanks', I guess."
PARKER, Gilbert (Canadian-English novelist).
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 17 March 1910, re writing to Sir ? Whitehead? that he is unable to speak on Wednesday.
• TLS addressed Dear Sir, 9 March 1915, envelope addressed to Charles L. Marlatt, re “the present European war” and sending by separate post official documents “as to what country should be held responsible for this tragedy”.
• 2 ALS to Mrs. Clifford (Lucy Clifford, the English novelist, playwright, and journalist), 29 January 1909 and 14 December 1926, re her play, The Likeness of the Night, regretting that he could not attend the Writers Club on 3 December 1926, nice meeting her at the Deanery.
PATERSON, Isabel (Canadian-American journalist and novelist).
• 3 ALS on 3×5 cards to ?, n.d., apologizes about one of her novels, recommends Archie Binns’s Lightship, offers some autobiographical remarks about herself, and mentions Ruth Lechlitner
PURDY, Al (Canadian poet).
• Cheque made out to Ed Phelps (Head of the Regional Collection, UWO) for a copy of Archiving Can Be Fun, signed at the Colonial Steakhouse in Bellevile, Ont. in the presence of Marvin Post, antiquarian bookseller.
RADDAL, Thomas (Canadian novelist).
• TLS to bookseller A. Gordon Russell, 9 July 1977, re supplying Russell with copies of West Novas, with
• TL from Russell, 2 August 1977.
SALVERSON, Laura (Canadian novelist).
• ALS to Roger Harris, 1 October 1958, re her terrible scrawl, rights to a poem which a Catholic priest has set to music, the Catholic Society of Davidsfonds to translate Immortal Rock, her novels read in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, no editions of her books in the USA, lived in the USA for 15 years, “Who knows at ninety I may reach the market”.
• Card signed, n.d.: “yours for Canadian Literature | Laura Goodman Salverson”.
SCOTT, Frederick George (Known as the Poet of the Laurentians, Senior Chaplain to the Canadian 1st Division during WWI).
• Signed carte de visite, “yours very sincerely | F.G. Scott | 1882”, Summerhaynes & Walford, Montreal.
• Selected Poems (Quebec: Emile Robitaille, 1933), blue buckram, slightly rubbed at the corners and spine. Signed presentation copy to Mrs. Howard [Harold] Palmer on the fly leaf, Quebec, 28 April 1933, and a litho print of Scott on the front free endpaper. With the following enclosures: - 2 signed printed broadside poems, The Last Raid (29 September 1929) and - Night at Thunder Bay (1934); TLS to Mrs. Palmer, 26 April 1933, thanking her for her letter, took Harold to his house after church, glad that Harold has a job, wishes that he could eat lobsters that Harold has caught, does not expect to be in Halifax very soon, sends his book of poems “which may bring to `the lonely lighthouse’ some of the pictures of Quebec.”
• Post card with coloured flag and printed Scott flag poem on front
SHIELDS, Carol (American-born Canadian novelist and short story writer).
• Signed card to Vance Morgan, n.d., hasn’t received the books from the publisher, will sign copies but make sure that they have no stated value when posted to her.
STRINGER, Arthur (Canadian novelist and poet).
• TLS to Margery Sweysen Flemming, 15 June 1939, with envelope, re his poem, “On a Child’s Portrait”, “written some thirty long years ago”, commends her father and his poetry, and recalls meeting Carman, Scott, Lampman, and Roberts.
• TLS to Ted Robinson, Cleveland Plain Dealer, with envelope, 15 October 1944, re the review of The Devastator.
• ALS to Alice Fairweather, 19 February 1913 (with envelope) thanking her for letter
• TLS to Fairweather, 25 November 1946, re the death of Walter MacRaye, his projected life of Pauline Johnson, and his book, Town Hall Tonight (“should stand beside Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches as a valued portrayal of Canadian life”).
• The Old Woman Remembers and Other Irish Poems (Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merill Company, Inc., 1938.), green cloth in chipped jacket, inscribed by Stringer to John Bertko Jr. on the front free endpaper and dated 2 April 1938.
• Irish Poems (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1911), green cloth, bookplate of Alice Fairweather. Movie herald of The Story without a Name (1924), silent film melodrama, starring Agnes Ayres and Antonio Moreno, based Stringer’s novel, directed by Irvin Willat, produced by Famous Players-Lasky, and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
• B&w photo (“When a famous author goes `roughing it’”), Stringer camping with O.E.A. Ussher, traffic manager of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, 29 March 1928, N.E.A..
• The First Great Radio Romance “The Story Without a Name” by Arthur Stringer promo folder.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.