Collection C013 - Raymond Souster and Cid Corman collection

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Raymond Souster and Cid Corman collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the collection.
  • Variations in title: Previously known as Letters between Raymond Souster and Cid Corman.

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C013

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  • 1952 – 1965 (Creation)
    Creator
    Corman, Cid
  • 1952-1965 (Creation)
    Creator
    Souster, Raymond

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1 cm of textual records

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(June 29, 1924-March 12, 2004)

Biographical history

Cid Corman was born in Boston, MA in 1924 and died on March 12, 2004 in Kytoto Japan. He married Shizumi Konishi from Japan in February 1965. Corman was an accomplished American poet, broadcaster and teacher. He occupied several positions throughout his career. He worked at WMEX Radio in Boston from 1949-1951, was the editor of Origin Press and of Origin magazine, and he occupied a post as a private teacher in Italy from 1956-1957, and in Japan between 1956-1979. Corman also owned and operated the Sister City Tea House in Boston in 1981. In 1945 Corman received his bachelors of arts from Tufts College, and completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Some of Corman’s publications include Aegis: selected poems 1970-1980, And the Word, For Granted, Once and For All, and Words for Each Other. Many of his works have been translated into Japanese.

Corman was the recipient of several awards, prizes, and grants including the Hopewood Prize, the Chapelbrook Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the Lenore Marshall Memorial Poetry Award for outstanding new book of poems from Book-of-the-Month Club.

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(January 15, 1921-October 19, 2012)

Biographical history

Raymond Souster was born in Toronto on January 15, 1921 and died on October 19, 2012. Souster was a Canadian poet and launched three poetry magazines: Direction (1941-1946), Contact (1952-1954), and Combustion (1957-1960). Souster was a founding member of the League of Canadian Poets and served as its first president from 1967-1972. He won the Governor General's Award for poetry for The Colour of the Times in 1966. He is also a recipient of the Order of Canada (1995). In addition to his writing, Souster worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce from 1939 to 1985, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941-1945. Souster was friends with Irving Layton, among many other Canadian poets.

Souster was prolific and produced over 50 volumes of his own work, including: Go to Sleep World (1947), City Hall Street (1951), Shake Hands with the Hangman: Poems 1940-1952 (1953), A Dream That is Dying: Poems (1954), For What Time Slays (1954), A Local Pride (1962), Jubilee Of Death: The Raid On Dieppe (1984), Queen City (1984), Close to Home (1996), Of Time and Toronto (2000), and Take me out to the Ballgame (2002).

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Scope and content

Collection is composed of letters from Cid Corman to Raymond Souster. The letters were written in France, Japan, and Italy and include poems and conversation about poets including Irving Layton, poetry, notes about the content of the publication Origins, information about poetry readings, and about the different locations Corman has visited.

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Physical condition

Items are torn and fading.

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Unknown.

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Items are arranged chronologically.

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  • English

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Reproduction for research or private study is permitted.
Use of material in publications cannot be done without written permission of the copyright holder.

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Item list available.

Associated materials

The University of New Brunswick Archives and Special Collections holds the Cid Corman fonds and the Ray Souster fonds.

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No further accruals expected.

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Irving Layton Collection contains records related to the Raymond Souster and Cid Corman correspondence.

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