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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Manuscript fragments of unpublished short stories

File consists of the contents of an original file folder containing 26 pages of handwritten and annotated typescripts of what appear to be three short story drafts and research notes, including: one torn sheet of typed material; three four-leaf gatherings of lined paper containing three pages of handwritten prose, and two typed pages of prose, all opening paragraphs for a short story labelled by Watson as "Spaniel caps", featuring the characters Daedalus, Oedipus and Aesop; eight typed and heavily annotated fragments of the opening paragraphs of a short story featuring the characters Uncle Daedalus and Boots; four typed and annotated fragments of the opening two pages of a possible short story featuring the characters Tom Payne Wyatt and Bray. These fragments may be part of Watson's novel "Landscape of the Moon"; one page of handwritten glossary notes in German;and one page containing a typed quotation by Paul Nash.

Manuscript of Brother Oedipus

File consists of a 14 page typescript of "Brother Oedipus" with a title page signed by Watson. This appears to be a final draft that she may have submitted for publication.

Manuscripts of On the right bank of the river

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-2-2006 01 55
  • File
  • [between November 1953 and 1958]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of three draft versions of the short story "On the right bank of the river", which would later be published as "Antigone", including: four typed pages of beginning paragraphs of the story, heavily annotated by Watson; a 12 page typescript of full short story, moderately annotated by Watson; and a 13 page typescript of short story with title page.

Manuscript fragments of Oedipus and Eurydice short story

File consists of a postmarked envelope addressed to Sheila Watson in Calgary in her own handwriting containing 36 typed and heavily annotated pages of a short story featuring the characters Oedipus, Orpheus and Eurydice. Of these, 14 pages are attempts at the opening paragraphs of the story. One fragment has been annotated "Oedipus & Euryd". Also includes a page of handwritten notes by Watson of french terms for various birds species.

Manuscript of Haemon's story

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-2-2006 01 56
  • File
  • [between August 19, 1955 and August 6, 1956]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a 15 page annotated typescript with title page of an early version of the short story "Antigone", here titled "Haemon's Story". The return address printed on the title page is Watson's apartment in Paris.

Manuscript of The Padded Pew

File consists of an original file folder containing a 17 page typescript of the short story "The Padded Pew", later published as "The Rumble Seat". There are notes and annotations on the file folder.

Manuscripts of The Padded Pew

File consists of an envelope annotated "The Padded Pew" containing several copies of a version of the short story that would be published as "The Rumble Seat", including an original and carbon copy of the fourteen page short story; an original and a carbon copy of the first nine pages of the story; and an original and a carbon copy of pages 2 and 3 of the story. This version of the short story has been typed with the dialogue between the characters Pierre and Oedipus in capitals.

Manuscript of The Padded Pew

File consists of a 17 page annotated typescript of the short story "The Padded Pew", later published as "The Rumble Seat", containing two versions of pages 1 and 2.

Manuscript of The Black Dogs

File consists of a 4 page typescript of the short story "The Black Dogs", which would later be published at "And the Four Animals...".

Manuscript of nine poems

  • File consists of nine typed poems, including "The osprey", "Bird's words", "Sometimes between light and light", "The sacrifice", "O superbia initium sumpsit omnis perditio", "I have seen what Moses saw", and "In wyntter quan pe frost hym fres...", and two untitled poems begining "And he came
  • out of the tomb..." and "He stood in the mountains
  • saying :...". The typescript has been signed "S.M. Watson".

Manuscript of one poem

File consists of one typed poem "Dark in my heart of darkness" presumed to be by Watson, containing a ink drawing on the reverse by Wilfred Watson titled "Annual Meet of the Vancouver Branch of the David Society."

Manuscript of three poems

File consists of a typescript of three poems, "Heuros has a nightmare", "Heuros makes a decision" and "If I were Resoun & not nature". These poems are presumed to be by Watson as they contain no annotations, nor are they signed.

Edited copy of Remedial Reading essay

File consists of a 2 page essay by Watson "Remedial Reading" from the journal "The B.C. Teacher", which has annotated and corrected by Watson.

Manuscripts regarding Wyndham Lewis

File consists of four typescripts regarding Wyndham Lewis which may be versions of chapters of Watson's thesis or later articles and lectures which she developed out of her research. They include: a 19 page typescript which has been heavily annotated in pencil and ink by Watson; a 28 page typescript that has been annotated by Watson; a 30 page typescript annotated in ink by Watson, bound in a tan folder; and a 28 page typescript regarding Lewis' "The Childermass". This may be a script for a lecture or conference paper, as Watson occasionally uses the first person.

Manuscript drafts of Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis

File consists of an original file folder containing several labels and notes containing 44 pages of typed and heavily annotated draft typescripts of Watson's "Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis", including: 2 loose pages, (p.12) and (p.5), which are heavily annotated in ink; 6 pages of handwritten notes and typed paragraphs in blue ink; a 6 page typescript of the article typed in black and blue, annotated in ink and written on the first page "Promulgating ipsofacts and sadcontras (F.W. 156)" by Watson; 8 pages of typescript numbered 5 to 12 lightly annotated in ink; a 12 page typescript of the article annotated in pencil and black and green ink; and a 10 page typescript of the article annotated in ink.

Manuscripts of Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-4-2006 01 75
  • File
  • [between September, 1957 and May, 1961]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of two typescripts of Watson's "Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis", including a 13 page typescript of article with Watson's 21 Sussex Avenue address in Toronto, and a 9 page typescript of the article, numbered 5 to 13. Typescripts are annotated in pencil by Watson and another, most likely Marshall McLuhan, her thesis supervisor.

Manuscript regarding St. Augustine and the city

File consists of a three page typescript regarding St.Augustine and his conception of the city annotated "SW" on the first page. This article may have been intended to be an introductory piece in an anthology project on the city in literature begun by Watson while in Toronto working with Marshall McLuhan between 1968 and 1969.

Manuscript of Artist Ape as Crowd-Master

File consists of a 6 page carbon copy of Watson's article "Artist Ape as Crowd-Master" published in Marshall McLuhan's special insert "Explorations" in the University of Toronto magazine The Varsity Graduate 11:2 (Summer 1964): 50-53.

Manuscripts of Canada and Wyndham Lewis the Artist

File consists of two carbon copied typescripts of the article "Canada and Wyndham Lewis the Artist" that would be published in Canadian Literature 35 (Winter 1968): 44-61, including a 29 page heavily annotated typescript including two pages of handwritten notes, and a 25 page typescript without annotation.

Manuscript of Myth and Counter-myth

File consists of a 28 page annotated typescript of the article "Myth and Counter-myth" published in White Pelican 4:1 (Winter 1974): 7-19.

Manuscript of Some thoughts about the box-car, the grain elevator, the slaughterhouse, the maximum security penitentiary and the poetry of Michael Ondaatje

File consists of a four page typescript entitled "Some thoughts about the box-car, the grain elevator, the slaughterhouse, the maximum security penitentiary and the poetry of Michael Ondaatje". This piece is assumed to be by Watson, although it does not contain any attributive annotations. It appears to have been the early inspiration for her article, "Michael Ondaatje : The Mechanization of Death

Manuscript regarding the translation of Quebec literature

File consists of three pages of typescript and handwritten prose regarding the 1979 publication of a collection of bilingual translations of Quebec literature. This may have been an academic article or the beginning of a book review.

Manuscript regarding Marshall McLuhan and transgression

File consists of three pages of annotated typescript regarding the impact of Marshall McLuhan and his use of transgression in his work. This piece may have been the script for a lecture which Watson was asked to give following the death of McLuhan in 1980.

McLuhan's collective wordplay

File consists of a typescript and published copy of Wilfred Waton's essay "McLuhan's collective wordplay". The typescript contains inscriptions and notes made Watson. The published copy, featured in The Canadian Forum (Vol. LXI, No. 709, May 1981), contains notes made by, his wife, Sheila Watson.

Manuscripts of twenty two poems

File consists of 22 typed poems, including "Sermon on bears"; "The Hyacinth" (dated Paris, 1956), "The Canticle for the birds"; and a 19 page anthology of poetry (dated Point Grey, 1951), including the poems "Anchises and the Goddess of Love", "A Dialogue", "Simon Barjona" (2 copies), "Et Incarnatus Est", "Erischithon", "Verse-Letter to E.J.", "At the Corner of Bloor and Yonge", "Sad Bulletins", "This Was My Day" (2 copies) , "Totem Park, Point Grey" (2 copies), "A Riddle for Gillian Espinasse : 'Saga hwaet ic hatte'", "And Should She Ask", "Like One of Us", "On An Ash Wednesday Hill", "Lines Composed at Calgary Airport", and an untitled poem beginning "She is more fair than fair can say".

Letter and photograph from Pauline Boote

File consists of a handwritten letter from Pauline Boote, sent March 9, 1998. A photograph of red socks in foreground and a snowy landscape in background is adhered to the letter.

Letter from Roland Ryden-Smith

File consists of a letter, dated November 25, 1953, from Roland Ryden-Smith, editor of the periodical "Experiment", regarding Watson's submitted poem "Valediction".

Letter from Fred Cogswell

File consists of a letter, dated November 2, 1953, from Fred Cogswell, editor of the periodical "The Fiddlehead", regarding Watson's submitted poem "An Admiration for Dylan Thomas".

Letter from Fred Flahiff

File consists of a postcard, dated August 27, 1982 and featuring a Piet Mondrian painting, from Fred Flahiff.

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