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Irving Layton fonds

  • F001
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1997

Irving Layton fonds consists of records relating to Layton’s life and activities as a writer. Records include correspondence between family members, professionals, friends, newspapers and periodicals, colleges and universities, reviews of Layton’s works, fan letters, published material, offprints of poems, transcripts of interviews, publicity for public appearances and readings, reviews of his works, foreign language articles, manuscripts and drafts of monographs and poems, transcripts of interviews, newspaper clippings, notebooks, journals, calendars, schedules, agendas, personal papers including bills, invoices, finances, awards and certificates, and audio visual material.

The fonds is divided into 16 series:
F001/A Objects
F001/B Audio recordings
F001/C Clippings
F001/D Conferences and festivals
F001/E Correspondence
F001/F Art works
F001/G Manuscripts, poems, articles, and essays
F001/H Notebooks and journals
F001/I Personal papers
F001/J Photographs
F001/K Public appearances
F001/L Reviews
F001/M Schedules
F001/N Scrapbooks
F001/O Transcripts and interviews
F001/P Video recordings

Layton, Irving

Objects

Series consists of a bust depicting Irving Layton, carved by Lyman E. Francis and a plaque dedicated to Irving Layton from Baron Byng High School in Montreal.

Audio recordings

Series contains audio recordings relating to the Irving Layton fonds. Material consists of several recordings of the Pierre Berton Show, interviews with Layton including several interviews with Malka Cohen, Layton on talk shows including Special Occasions, Identities, and Crossfires, and several tapes of Layton’s lectures.

The Artist as a worker : IDEAS ON WORK

Irving Layton interviewed by Robert Send and James Anderson for CBC Radio, Toronto, Ontario. Layton, along with Jim Tily and Milton Barnes, discuss the role of the artist in society.

The Pierre Berton Show

Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen interviewed by Pierre Berton for the Pierre Berton Show, CBC TV, Montreal, Quebec. In this interview, Layton and Cohen discuss the role of the poet in society.

The Pierre Berton Show

Irving Layton interviewed by Pierre Berton for the Pierre Berton Show, CBC TV, Montreal, Quebec. In this interview Layton discusses his visit to Germany. Includes readings of "Deadalive," "For the stinker who called me an apologist for Nazi crimes," and "Rhine boat trip."

The Pierre Berton Show

Irving Layton, Phyllis Gotlieb, Earle Birney, and Leonard Cohen interviewed by Pierre Berton for the Pierre Berton Show, CBC TV, Montreal, Quebec. The poets discuss modern society; humor in poetry; art and life; and creativity.

Layton talks about Jews

Irving Layton interviewed by Malka Cohen, CBC TV, Toronto, Ontario, in which the poet discusses his views on Judaism and God.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Radio broadcast produced by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Toronto, Ontario. Includes readings of "Bargain," "Death of Moishe Lazarovitch," "Elegy for Strul," "Family portrait," "Keine Lazarovitch," "Misunderstanding," "There were no signs," "For Anne Frank," "For Aviva because I love her," and others.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Wynne Francis interviewed by Malka Cohen, for CBC Radio, Montreal, Quebec. This interview covers the following topics, among others: Layton's style; the influence of Nietzshe and D.H. Lawrence; the poets' views on the tension between men and women; Layton as a teacher; Layton as a major poet; critical reactions to Layton's poetry; and religion.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

William Goodwin interviewed by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Montreal, Quebec. This interview covers the following topics, among others: Layton's relationship with his family; Layton as a child; Layton's personality and sexual orientation as a teenager; his marriages to Faye Lunch and Betty Sutherland; criticism of the poets' work; Layton's poetic style; and Layton as a teacher.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Interview with Michael Harris conducted by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Montreal, Quebec. This interview covers the following topics, among others: the relationship between Harris and Layton; Layton's influence on Harris; Layton's poetic style; and the Canadian poetry scene.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Irving Layton interviewed by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Toronto, Ontario. Among many other topics, Layton discusses his education; Baron Byng High School; his teenage years; his time as a teacher; Hetzliah High School; the Jewish Public Library; his poetry and his writing process; the themes found throughout his poetry; and his political views. Layton also discusses his move from Montreal to Toronto; marriage; his perceived differences between men and women; and aging and death.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Eli Mandel interviewed by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Toronto, Ontario. Mandel discusses, among other topics, Layton as an educator, Mandel's book on the poet, the influence of religion on the poets' work, and Layton's poetic style.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Seymour Mayne interviewed by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Ottawa, Ontario. Mayne discusses, among other topics, criticism of Layton's poetry; Layton as a student and an educator; thoughts on women; the Canadian literary community and Canadian writing; the poets' move to Toronto; Layton's poetic style; and the Dudek-Layton debate.

Special Occasions: Portrait of a One-Armed Juggler

Musia and Leon Schwartz interviewed by Malka Cohen for CBC Radio, Montreal, Quebec. The Schwartz's discussed, among other topics, the Jewish Public Library; their relationship with Layton; "coffee romances"; the holocaust; Layton as an educator; the evolution of Layton's work; and criticism of Layton's poetry.

Ideas

Irving Layton interviewed by Warren Davis concerning reflections on power and poetry. Poems read include "Against this death," "At the Iglesia de Sacromonte," "The birth of tragedy," and "Butterfly of rocks," among others.

As It Happens

Irving Layton and John Hofsess interviewed by Barbara Frum. Layton and Hofsess discuss the film "The Night Porter".

Morningside

Irving Layton, Elspeth Cameron, and Robert Fulford are interviewed by Peter Gzowski for a portrait of the poet broadcast on Morningside, CBC radio, Toronto, Ontario.

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