CA OTUTF MS COLL 00388
David Donnell Papers
- 1979-1999 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
17 boxes, including one oversize; (3 metres)
Name of creator
David Donnell is a Canadian poet and writer. He was born in 1939 in St. Mary’s, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in 1958 and became acquainted with other Toronto poets through the Bohemian Embassy. In 1961, he published his first book, Poems, and assisted John Robert Colombo in printing Margaret Atwood’s first book, Double Persephone. Other published works of Donnell include: The Blue Sky (1977), Dangerous Crossings (1980), Hemingway in Toronto (1982), Settlements (1983), which was the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, The Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race (1985), Water Street Days (1989), China Blues (1992), which won the City of Toronto Book Award, Dancing in the Dark (1996) and Sometimes a Great Notion (2004).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of David Donnell, 2001.
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Scope and content
Includes manuscripts, notes and drafts for works including: China Blues, Water Street Days, Donnell’s poetry, and other material. Correspondence includes business and personal communications with publishers, other writers, and friends, as well as teaching and grant applications. These papers also include printed appearances by Donnell and works by other writers, printed notices and ephemera, poems by students in Donnell's Master classes in poetry and short fiction at Ryerson and the University of Toronto, and some financial records.
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Conditions governing access
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request
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