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David Kent fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 366, EL 35 (A2012-68, A2015-076)
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1974 - 2015 (Creation)
- Kent, David A.
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1.98 m of textual records including 78 photographs, 58 negatives, 1 sketch
0.05 m of electronic materials (22 hard floppy disks).
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David A. Kent was born in Winnipeg in 1948 and did his undergraduate degree in history and English at the University of Winnipeg (1970). After completing his MA in English at Queen’s University, he taught at the University of British Columbia for two years (1971-1973) before doing a PhD at York in Toronto (1979). He began teaching at Centennial College in Toronto in 1978 and retired at the end of 2011. He has been active in such professional organizations as the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English and the Modern Language Association of America.
He has published numerous reviews and articles and written, edited, or co-edited a dozen books on a variety of topics, including English poet Christina Rossetti, a family history, a parish history, early modern English literature, Romantic parodies, and religious poetry. He has a special interest in Canadian poet Margaret Avison.
Together with his wife, Margo Swiss, he began The St. Thomas Poetry Series at St. Thomas’s Church, Huron Street, in Toronto in 1988. In 1996 the readings series was complemented by the publication of books by Christian poets. The series is ongoing. As of 2012, twenty-six publications have been issued.
The records were donated by David Kent to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in the summer and fall of 2012. A second accrual was donated by Dr. Kent in 2015.
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The 2012 accession consists of correspondence, manuscripts, indexes, and other materials related to the publication of works and anthologies edited by David Kent, including "'Lighting up the Terrain': The Poetry of Margaret Avison," "Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Bookseller: A Celebration," and "Christian Poetry in Canada." The second accrual (015-076) consists of 4 series. They are based upon books edited & co-edited by David Kent. They include correspondence Re: "Romantic Parodies" correspondence re: "Regency Radical" , St. Thomas Poetry Series & manuscript & correspondence Re: The Achievement of Christina Rossetti.
The fonds also consists of correspondence with writers and poets, including Douglas Lochhead, Robert Finch, Richard Outram, and George Johnston, relating to their contributions to anthologies edited by David Kent, including the St. Thomas Poetry Series.
Finally, the fonds includes a selection of monographs related to the records in the collection.
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Margaret Avison fonds (MSS 64)
Further accruals, related to the St. Thomas Poetry Series, are expected.
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