Fonds F2 - Cecil John Eustace fonds

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CA ON00389 F2


Cecil John Eustace fonds


  • 1924-1972 (Creation)

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1.5 meters of textual records (14 boxes)

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Publisher, editor and author. Employed by J.M. Dent & Sons from 1930-1968 when he retired as President. He edited Insight, a Catholic journal and wrote several books. Among them are Catholicism, Communism, and Dictatorship (1938); and Forgotten Music (1974).

Born June 5, 1903, in England; son of John and Edith Mary (Cutler) Eustace; married Irene Emily Agnes Van Praagh, June 3, 1930; children: Philip John, Michael Anthony, Elizabeth Mary. Education: Studied as Felsted College, Essex, England. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Roman Catholic. Memberships: Metropolitan Board of Trade (Toronto), York Downs Golf and Country Club, Serra Club (Toronto).

Freelance writer and journalist, 1920-30; J.M. Dent & Sons (publishers), Don Mills, Ontario, field editor, 1930-48, director, 1948-53, vice president, 1963-68. Director of Cooperative Book Centre of Canada, Toronto, 1959-63, president 1963; director of Canadian Textbook Publishers Institute, Toronto, 1961-62; president of Canadian Book Publishers Council, 1963; chairman of religion and life lectures in Toronto in the 1950s; trustee of North York Library System, 1965--, chairman of board of trustees, 1967.

Received honourable mention in Edward O'Brien's Best Short Stories, 1937, and in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, 1938; Centennial Medal from Government of Canada, 1967, in recognition of valuable service to the nation; named Knight of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, by Pope Paul VI.

Nonfiction, except where indicated:
-The Scarlet Gentleman (novel), Macmillan (Canada), 1927.
-Romewards (Catholic Book Club selection), Benziger, 1933.
-Damaged Lives (novel), Putnam, 1934.
-Mind and Mystery, Longmans, Green, 1943.
-Catholicism, Communism, and Dictatorship, Benziger, 1938.
-Defense Training: An Elementary Manual for Defense Training in Secondary Schools, J. M. Dent & Sons, 1942.
-House of Bread, Longmans, Green, 1943.
-An Infinity of Questions, Dobson, 1946.
-A Canadian Foundress: The Life of Aurelia Caouette, Basilian, 1947.
-A Spring in the Desert (novel), Doubleday, 1969.
-Developments in Canadian Book Production and Design, Queen's Printer, 1972.
-Forgotten Music (novel), McGraw, 1974.

Work is presented in anthologies, including:
Open House, edited by William A. Deacon and Wilfred Reeves, Graphic Publishers (Ottawa), 1931, and The English Review Book of Short Stories, edited by Horace Shipp, foreword by Ford Madox Ford, Sampson, Low, & Marston, 1933.

Contributor of short stories, articles, and reviews to magazines, including English Review, American Hebrew, Commonweal, America, Catholic World, and Culture. Book review editor of Catholic Register.

("Cecil John Eustace." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.)

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Literary Papers, Fiction and Non-Fiction
Boxes 1-6, 10-14

Insight: A Journal of Catholic Opinions
Boxes 7-8

Literary Manuscripts by Other Authors
Box 9

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2009 03


Boxes 1-14

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Aisle 9, Bay 2

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Created by S Rogers 12 September 2018.
Revised by S Rogers 13 September 2023.




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