Fonds F00443 - Alan Crawley fonds

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Alan Crawley fonds

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  • 1941-1970 (Creation)
    Crawley, Alan

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0.13 m of textual records

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Alan Crawley, best known as the editor of Contemporary Verse, was born in Coburg, Ontario in 1887. After attending St. John's College in Winnipeg, Crawley became a Barrister & Solicitor in 1912. As a lawyer in Winnipeg he developed an interest in poetry and after the war attended writers' gatherings, reciting and discussing poetry. After a serious illness in 1933, he lost his sight and moved to Victoria, with his wife, Jean, the following year. The first edition of Contemporary Verse, a literary magazine for Canadian writers, appeared in 1941 and continued, with Crawley at the helm until 1952. For thirty-nine issues the magazine, one of the few literary periodicals in Canada at the time, served as a showcase for the best Canadian poets. Crawley died in 1975 on Vancouver Island.

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The fonds consists of correspondence including letters from authors such as Earle Birney, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein, Irving Layton, Dorothy Livesay, Malcolm Lowry, E.J. Pratt, Frank Scott, Anne Wilkinson and others, press clippings and reviews of Contemporary Verse, and radio broadcasts and articles by Crawley.

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Purchased through Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund from Alan Crawley - 1970


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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2010