Manuscript Collection MS COLL 103D - Dayv James-French Papers

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Dayv James-French Papers


  • 1972 - 2016 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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11 boxes (1.6 metres)

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Biographical history

David James French (now Dayv James-French) was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island on August 18, 1953 and died in Toronto on September 1, 2016. He obtained his bachelor of arts in Religion (1979) from Carleton University and in Creative Writing (1980) from the University of Victoria. James-French was a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and was the recipient of several awards, including the Canada Council of Explorations Grant (1982), Nepean Public Library Short Story Award (1989), and the Ontario Arts Council Works-in-Progress Grant (1991). James-French was published several times in the Antioch Review: “Domestic Order” (The Merry Chase: Juggling Words and Other Fictions, vol. 43, no. 1, 1985); “Heaven Full of Astronauts” (All Fiction Issue, vol. 45, no. 2, 1987); and “Cows” (Changing Fashions in Baseball, vol. 46, no. 3, 1998). His poems were published in Canada, the USA, England, and Australia. His publications include Victims of Gravity (1990) and What Else is a Heart For (revised as The Afternoon of Day Five, 2006).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of David K. Bernhardt

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Scope and content

This accession of Dayv James-French’s papers includes many drafts of his writing including short stories, poetry, and novels, including drafts for Victims of Gravity (1990) and other unpublished work; professional and personal correspondence with authors and publishers; submissions; book reviews; personal journals and other material related to his life and work.

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  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Professional correspondence
  3. Personal correspondence
  4. Professional files
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files

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Folder descriptions are taken directly from titles given by James-French.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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