Accession MS COLL 00484 - Eric Ormsby Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00484

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Eric Ormsby Papers

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  • 1969-2006 (Creation)

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5 boxes (1 metre)

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(1941-)

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Eric Ormsby is an American poet, writer and Islamic studies scholar. He was born 16 October 1941 in Atlanta, GA, and received his B.A at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.A and Ph.D from Princeton University with a specialization in Islamic theology. He also holds a Masters of Library Science from Rutgers University. He has had a distinguished careers in libraries and education, including Director of Libraries at the Catholic University of American in Washington (1983-1986), director of Libraries at McGill University (1983-1986), Professor and director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University (1996-2005) and since 2005 has served as the Deputy Head at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, England. He has published extensively on Islamic thought and Ormsby is also an accomplished poet. Selected publications include Bavarian Shrine and Other Poems (1990), Coastlines (1992), Araby (2001), Daybreak at the Straits (2004) and Time’s Covenant (2006).

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Gift of Eric Ormsby, 2006

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Includes ‘Readings’, Eric Ormsby’s weekly column in the New York Sun, both print and draft versions; Al-Ghazali drafts and translation; short pieces, reviews and poems, both published and unpublished; ‘Student Writings’ on various subjects, University of Pennsylvania, 1969-1972; a holograph notebook, 2004-2005; personal and publishing correspondence; first published poems and first published article and other material related to his life and work.

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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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