Sous-fonds SF131 - Lorne and Edith Pierce collection. William Arthur Deacon sous-fonds

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Lorne and Edith Pierce collection. William Arthur Deacon sous-fonds

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CA ON00239 SF131

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  • [1923] (Creation)
    Deacon, William Arthur

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0.10 m of textual records

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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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Sous-fonds consists of typscript with handwritten annotations for Pens and Pirates(1923), accompanied layout material, cover illustrations and proofs, as well as correspondence with E. J. Moore from Deacon regarding some of the revisions and proposals. Also includes a copy of the last author's proofs for Deacon's contribution, Peter McArthur, to the Makers of Canadian Literature series.

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Gift of Lorne and Edith Pierce


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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2001.1