Fonds F005 - Russell Thornton fonds

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Russell Thornton fonds

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  • [197-]–1992 (Creation)
    Thornton, Russell

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1 cm of textual records

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Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1959, Russell Thornton is a Canadian poet whose works have appeared in prominent Canadian literary magazines. Thornton has lived in several places including Montreal, Greece, and Wales, before returning to North Vancouver, where he currently lives. He studied under Irving Layton.

Thornton is the author of several books of poetry including With Our Bodies We Write the Name of Light (1994), The Accurate Earth (1997), The Fifth Window (2000), A Tunisian Notebook (2002), House Built of Rain (2003), which was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Price, and the Human Shore (2006). Thornton has been the recipient of numerous poetry prizes including first prize for the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000.

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Fonds is composed of records relating to Russell Thornton, friend of Irving Layton. Material consists of thirty-one letters between Russell Thornton and Irving Layton, in which Layton offers advice and encouragement to the young poet. The letters also chronicle Layton’s personal and professional life. The fonds also contains signed typescript copies of Layton’s poems. The Russell Thornton Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds has been divided into 2 series:
F005/A Correspondence
F005/B Poems

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Material is in good condition.

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Material was donated by Russell Thornton in 2007


The original order of the material has been maintained.

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  • English

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    Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.
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    Certified Canadian Cultural Property.


    Material has been unfolded and placed in acid free file folders or map folders.


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