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Dora Pleet fonds Series
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Clippings

Series contains records relating to the Dora Pleet fonds. Material consists mainly of newspaper clippings that include reviews of Layton’s works, comments and criticisms regarding Layton’s style as a poet, and editorials by Layton addressing criticism of his life and work. Many clippings concern the biography <i>Irving Layton, a portrait</i> by Elspeth Cameron (1985), as well as Layton’s criticism of the publication and its author. Newspapers include the <i>Montreal Gazette</i>, the <i>Montreal Star</i>, the <i>Toronto Star</i>, <i>The Herald</i>, the <i>Globe and Mail</i>, <i>McGill Daily</i>, <i>The Suburban</i>, <i>The Canadian Jewish News</i>, and the <i>Thursday Report</i> (Concordia University). Also included are photocopies of excerpts from books and periodicals.

Correspondence

Series contains records related to the Dora Pleet fonds. Material consists of postcards from Irving Layton to Dora Pleet. Series also contains a copy of a letter from Layton to Barbara Frum refuting a review of the biography Irving Layton, a Portrait by Elspeth Cameron.

Periodicals

Series contains records relating to the Dora Pleet fonds. Material consists of periodicals documenting the life and work of Irving Layton. Periodicals include The New Montrealer, What’s Up Niagara, The Canadian Magazine, The Canadian, the Montreal Star Weekend Magazine, and the Senior Times. Articles on Irving Layton include “The passionate poet” by Carolin Wilson in What’s Up Niagara (p. 6-11), “Irving Layton’s Crown of Thorns: If Zionism is racism, what is Christianity?” by Beverly Slopen in The Canadian (p. 4-8), “The apprenticeship of Irving Layton” by Marq de Villiers in The Montreal Star Weekend Magazine (p. 8-9), and “Friends and followers extol Layton’s work” by Irwin Block in the Senior Times (p. 5). The New Montrealer (August 1983) includes the open letter by Irving Layton titled “Oh! Montreal” (p. 10-13).

Poems

Series contains records related to Dora Pleet fonds. Series contains photocopies of various poems by Irving Layton, including The Incarnation, The bull calf, Cain, After Auschwitz, The Burning Bush, Post-Auschwitz Jew, The Black Huntsman, Song for Naomi, Love Letters, Rhine Boat Trip, and Catacombe dei Cappucini.

Promotional Material

Series contains records related to Dora Pleet fonds. Material consists of a leaflet for readings by Irving Layton, a pamphlet for the documentary Poet: Irving Layton Observed published by The National Film Board of Canada, and posters advertising readings by Irving Layton at Guild Books in Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Series also includes a booklet from the Concordia University Spring Convocation 1976 in which Layton was awarded with an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws, honoris causa).