- 1929-1989 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
46 boxes (6 metres)
Name of creator
Ernest Buckler was born in Nova Scotia and received his BA from Dalhousie University in 1929 and his MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1930. From 1930 to 1936, he worked at the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company but then, due to failing health, returned to the valley, where he remained for the rest of his life. His writing career began in 1937 with contributions to the American magazine Esquire. Although he had published a story in the Trinity University Review in 1933 ("No Second Cup"), his first story to receive wide circulation was "One Quiet Afternoon," published in Esquire in April 1940. Other stories, articles, letters and poems followed, in magazines such as MacLean's, Saturday Night, The Canadian Home Journal, and Chatelaine. Novels and plays, including radio scripts, followed. Buckler's fame largely rests with his first novel, The Mountain and the Valley (1952), which is recognized as a Canadian classic.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Acquired from the author in four accessions: 1969, 1978,1989 and 1990. 1990 accession gift of Claude Bissell.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, juvenilia, correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials. Copies of all Buckler's published books are available in Fisher Library's main collections.
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Conditions governing access
10 boxes restricted at the request of Ernest Buckler and correspondents.
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. Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.
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