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Dora Pleet fonds
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The Senior Times

Contains April 4, 1997, issue of The Senior Times (volume 11, number 7). Includes article “Friends and followers extol Layton’s work” by Irwin Block.

The Montreal Star Weekend Magazine

Contains July 27, 1974, issue of The Montreal Star Weekend Magazine (volume 24, number 30). Includes article “The apprenticeship of Irving Layton” by Marq de Villiers.

The Canadian (The Gazette)

Contains the March 20, 1976, issue of The Canadian. Includes article “Irving Layton’s Crown of Thorns: If Zionism is racism, what is Christianity?” by Beverly Slopen.

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).

Posters

Posters advertising readings by Irving Layton at Guild Books in Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Poster the poetry appreciation event at the University of Guelph is signed on the verso by Irving Layton.

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.

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).

Leaflet and pamphlet

Contains a leaflet for Irving Layton's reading "What is Jewish about my poetry?" at the Cummings Memorial Auditorium and a pamphlet for the National Film Board of Canada documentary "Life transformed: Canadian writers at work."

Dora Pleet fonds

  • F019
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2001

Fonds contains material documenting Dora Pleet’s relationship with Irving Layton, as well as material about Layton collected by Pleet. Material consists of correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, periodicals, a leaflet, a pamphlet, posters, and copies of various poems by Irving Layton. The Dora Pleet Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds is divided into five series:
F019 / A. Correspondence
F019 / B. Clippings
F019 / C. Periodicals
F019 / D. Poems
F019 / E. Promotional material

Pleet, Dora

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.

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