Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00665 - Giles Blunt Papers

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Giles Blunt Papers


  • 1978-2012 (Creation)

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22 boxes (2.7 metres)

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Giles Blunt (1952-) is a Canadian novelist, poet and screenwriter. He grew up in North Bay, Ontario. In 1980, he moved to New York City where he spent 22 years as an author and screenwriter before returning to Canada to settle in Toronto. He holds a degree in English literature from the University of Toronto and (as of 2014) an honorary doctorate of Education from Nissiping University (in North Bay, Ontario). Blunt began his career writing poetry, some of which was published in small Canadian magazines including Grain and Poetry Journal. As a screenwriter, Blunt wrote for the Canadian television crime series Diamonds (which aired from 1987-1987), and has written scripts for American-produced series, including Law & Order, Street Legal and Night Heat. According to Giles Blunt’s website as of September 2014, Canadian Television (CTV) is developing a television series based on his ‘ John Cardinal’ series of crime fiction books. Blunt is best known for his Canadian crime fiction novels. He is the author of nine books (four of which make up the John Cardinal series). His works have been published in Canada, the United States and the U.K. In 2001, Forty Words for Sorrow was awarded the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger Award, and two of his later novels The Delicate Storm and Until the Night won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (in 2003 and 2013).

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Gift of Giles Blunt, 2014

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Contains notes, source material, and drafts for screenplays and novels; early draft poetry, short stories and other juvenilia; plus reviews of Blunt’s crime fiction novels from various publications. Also contains correspondence between Blunt, his editors, literary agents, publishers and others regarding the research and publication of his works, as well as some general promotional material.

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Series 1: Novels
Series 2: Screenplays
Series 3: Poetry
Series 4: Unpublished writing
Series 5: Correspondence and other material

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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