Item 0054 - Letter, Toronto, to E.J. Moore.

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Letter, Toronto, to E.J. Moore.

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  • 22 Mar. 1924 (Creation)
    Deacon, William Arthur
  • 1924 (Receipt)
    E.J. Moore

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William Arthur Deacon, literary critic and editor (b at Pembroke, Ont 6 Apr 1890; d at Toronto 5 Aug 1977). Trained as a lawyer in Winnipeg, Deacon was book review editor of, in turn, the Manitoba Free Press (1921), Saturday Night (1922-28), the Toronto Mail and Empire (1928-36) and the Mail and Empire's successor, the Globe and Mail (1936-61). A pioneer literary nationalist, he was both a provoker of and a participant in the cultural ferment of the 1920s, when he did his own best work: this includes Pens and Pirates (1923), Poteen and Other Essays (1926) and especially The Four Jameses (1927), a satirical study of Canadian poetasters. But in the 1930s his reputation withered in the shade of modernist writing and radical politics. At length he came to appear as a retrograde force to a literary culture that did not give him the credit he deserved for his long years of tireless activity.

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Autograph letter(s) signed by the hand of the author, informing Moore that there are errors in the Peter McArthur manuscript.

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  • Folder: 2001, Box 1, File 7