Fonds F448 - Dorothy Livesay fonds

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Dorothy Livesay fonds

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  • 1919-1971 (Creation)
    Livesay, Dorothy

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2.1 m of textual records

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Born in 1909 in Winnipeg, Dorothy Livesay came with her family to Ontario as a child. She received her B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto 1931, and from the Sorbonne in 1932, her "diplome d'etudes superieures". In 1934 she studied at the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto and did welfare work in Montreal, New Jersey and Vancouver. In 1956 she received her M.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. For 1965-66 she was Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and from 1966 to 1968 was Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick. Dorothy Livesay's poetry has won her recognition throughout her career. In 1944 she won the Governor-General's Medal for poetry with Day and Night, and again in 1947 with Poems for People. She was also the recipient of the Lorne Pierce Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for distinguished service to Canadian Literature in 1947.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and drafts of manuscripts. Includes correspondence with Earle Birney, Mazo de la Roche, Louis Dudek, Raymond Knister, Malcolm Lowry, Desmond Pacey, Seymour Mayne, Sir Charles G.D. Roberts and Miriam Waddington.

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Purchase - Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund - 1971


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  • English

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See also Locator# 2001.1

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  • Shelf: 2024
  • Shelf: 2120.12 SE