Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00447 - Dennis Lee Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00447

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Dennis Lee Papers

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  • 1957-2005 (Creation)

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92 boxes and items (19 metres)

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(1939-)

Biographical history

Dennis Lee was born August 31, 1939, in Toronto. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1962 and his M.A. in 1965. He taught English at Victoria College, University of Toronto, between 1963 and 1967. In 1967, he co-founded the House of Anansi Press, where he was editorial director until 1972. He's been a full-time writer since 1972, with forays into related work, including editing. He was a writer-in-residence at Trent University (1975) and the University of Toronto (1978-1979). He worked at Macmillan of Canada as an editorial consultant between 1974-79, and was director of the poetry programme at McClelland & Stewart (1981-84). He was also the lyricist for Jim Henson's TV series Fraggle Rock (1982-86). He is well-known for his children’s books, including Alligator Pie (1974) and Nicholas Knock and Other People (1974), which seek to encourage free imaginative play and break away from colonial mentality and history. He has published many books of prose and poetry including Civil Elegies and Other Poems (1972), Nighwatch: New & Selected Poems 1968-1996 (1996), and YesNo (2007). Lee won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1972 and 2007, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and was Toronto’s first Poet Laureate from 2001-2004.

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Gift of Dennis Lee, 2005.

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Includes a complete archive of the work of Dennis Lee, beginning from the last accession in 1998 to the present; with material from: Bubblegum Delicious (2000); The Cat and the Wizard (2001); revised edition of Garbage Delight, subtitled Another Helping(2002); Pasticcio di Alligatore (2002); Un (2003); SoCool (2004); reprints of Alligator Pie and Jelly Belly; editing material; Toronto Poet Laureate Material; early (1957 on) and later literary correspondence; letters from children; critical reactions from children and young adults to his poetry and other material related to his life and work, such as the Queen’s Jubilee Luncheon. Includes some photographs.

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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: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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  • English

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