Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00383 (Downsview Offsite) - George Payerle Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00383 (Downsview Offsite)


George Payerle Papers


  • 1968-2000 (Creation)

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54 boxes (8 metres)

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Biographical history

George Payerle was born on August 21, 1945, in Vancouver of Hungarian parents. He is a novelist, poet, translator and editor. His published works include two novels, several poetry collections and numerous poems, essays and fiction excerpts in literary journals throughout Canada and abroad. His work has also appeared widely in anthologies and on radio.

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The collection consists of draft manuscripts of Payerle's various works, including The Afterpeople (1970), Wolfbane Fane (1977), Two from Babylon (1990) and The Weather and That (1993). It also includes drafts of his unpublished poems and prose, papers documenting his involvement with The Writers' Union of Canada, and correspondence from other writers in the Union and those whose work he edited.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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