Fonds F1977 - George Whalley fonds

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George Whalley fonds

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  • 1934-1985 (Creation)
    Whalley, George

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10.21 m of textual records and other material

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George Whalley was born in Kingston in 1915. He obtained his B.A. at Bishop's University in 1935 and his M.A. in 1945. He obtained a B.A. from Oriel College, Oxford in 1939 and an M.A. in 1948. In 1950 he obtained his Ph. D. from King's College, London. He was a Rhodes scholar for Quebec in 1936. From 1945 to 1948 he taught English at Bishop's University before joining the faculty at Queen's University in 1950. Among his publications are In the Land of Feast or Famine, Poems 1939-1944; The Legend of John Hornby; and Poetic Process. He edited and wrote the forward for Selected Poems of George Herbert Clarke. He also edited Writing in Canada, the publication of the proceedings of the Canadian Writers' Conference of 1956; Death in the Barren Ground - The Diary of Edgar Christian; and A Place of Liberty in 1964. He died in 1983.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, typescripts of books, essays, galley proofs, news clippings, broadcast scripts, subject files, lectures, photographs and sound recordings. Dr. Whalley is the author of several books and many essays and articles. Most are represented here by working drafts, final copies and many by the final published version. Correspondence dealing with each topic and publication is also included. Another aspect of Dr. Whalley's career, broadcasting, is well represented in the papers. Dr. Whalley authored many scripts for radio and television. Drafts of scripts, revisions and correspondence with producers follow each work through from inception to reviews. There is also documentation of the 1939 Cambridge polar expedition as well as some personal material documenting Whalley's relationship with his family. The fonds was arranged by the donor into the following series: Books; Essays and articles; Broadcasts; Poetry and early imaginative writing; Professional papers, reports; Professional correspondence; and Personal material.

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Donated by George Whalley, Elizabeth Whalley and Peter Whalley.


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  • English

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F3 A3.4.008

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 20/06/2017.
Archivist(s): Paul Banfield, Gillian Barlow, Ken Willmott, Heather Home

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  • English

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  • Shelf: F3 A3.4.008