Louis Dudek fonds [multiple media]

  • Record Information – Brief
    Hierarchical level:
    Fonds
    Date:
    [1935]-1990.
    Reference:
    R11726-0-5-E
    Type of material:
    Textual material, Art, Photographs, Maps and cartographic material, Sound recordings
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
    Item ID number:
    3671605
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    Context of this record:
    • Louis Dudek fonds
      Louis Dudek fonds
  • Fonds includes:
    12 lower level description(s)
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    Date(s):
    [1935]-1990.
    Place of creation:
    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    Extent:
    15 m of textual records and other material.
    x computer diskette of textual records.
    Language of material:
    English
    Scope and content:
    Fonds documents all aspects of Dudek's literary life. The fonds includes correspondence, student work, manuscripts and typescripts of published works, poetry worksheets, radio and television scripts, articles, lectures; teaching and other professional activities; promotional material and critical reception; photographs, posters, drawings, audio cassettes, an audio reel, maps, clippings and memorabilia. In addition, the fonds contains valuable documentation on the development of the small press or little magazine movement in the 1940s and 1950s.
    Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Dudek, Louis, 1918-2001: Poet, editor, literary critic, publisher and teacher, Louis Dudek was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1918. Following his undergraduate studies at McGill University, Dudek worked as an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist. In 1943, he began graduate studies in journalism and history at Columbia University, but soon changed his major to literature. Following completion of his Ph.D., he began teaching at City College in New York. In 1951, he returned to Montreal and began lecturing in modern poetry at McGill University where he remained until his retirement in 1982. Dudek produced numerous books of poetry and essays, most notably "Atlantis" (1967), and became a major influence in the development of the long poem with his book-length prose-like meditations. He is considered a major force in Canadian small press publishing. Dudek founded and provided editorial direction to numerous poet-operated and self-financed small presses including "First Statement" (1942-45) with John Sutherland and Irving Layton, "Northern Review" (1945-56), "Contact Press" (1952-54) with Raymond Souster and Irving Layton, "The McGill Poetry Series", and "Delta Canada" (1957-66), known later as "D.C. Books". Dudek¿s "Literature and the Press" (1960), a revision of his Ph.D. thesis, is a history of printing, printed media, and their relation to literature. He has compiled notable anthologies including "The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada" (1967) in collaboration with Michael Gnarowski, and "Poetry of Our Time" (1965), an introduction to 20th century poetry. His most recent publications are "Reality Games" (1998), a collection of his essays, and "The Surface of Time" (2000), a collection of poetry.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records; graphic material; sound recordings; cartographic material (Paper) Preliminary finding aid available for accession 1990-07 only. Available in reference room binder. (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    Restrictions on access note:
    Some restrictions on consultation.
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    Source:
    Private
    Former archival reference no.:
    LMS-0167
    Other accession no.:
    1990-07 LMS
    2003-01 LMS
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