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Eric Ormsby Papers

This collection contains papers and other material pertaining to the work of Eric Ormsby, a Montreal-based writer and Islamic studies scholar. Born 16 October 1941 in Atlanta, GA, Ormsby, a McGill professor, is the author of several collections of poetry and works of non-fiction. His poems have been published in numerous well-known publications, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New Criterion and the Norton Introduction to Literature.

Includes word-processed and holograph versions of numerous poems, including sections of forthcoming collection Time's Covenant, short stories, plays, reviews, and essays. Collection also includes notebooks and mss. dating back to the 1950s, speaking tour information, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and material related to academic activities in Canada and abroad. Ormsby currently lives in London, England.

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes proofs, photographs (New York City, 1967), holograph notebooks, printed appearances in numerous journals such as The New Criterion; Books in Canada; videotaped appearance at Bentley College, September 2, 2002; David Solway manuscripts; Correspondence with other writers, editors and publishers: John Black; Richard Outram; David Solway; Karen Mulhallen/Descant; Shlomo Dov Goitein; PhD thesis, Princeton; drafts and proofs of Al-Ghazali; gallies, correspondence and cover art for Daybreak at the Straits and Other Poems.

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence (personal, publishing and editorial); drafts for articles; talks; unpublished works; ‘discarded poems’; photographs (E.O., Morocco and others); printed appearances; E.O.’s bible 1965; holograph notebooks; ‘letters to Dorothy Ormsby (former wife), 1966’; notes pertaining to Islamic Studies work and translation.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

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both print and draft versions; Al-Ghazali drafts and translation; short pieces, reviews and poems, both published and unpublished; ‘Student Writings’ on various subjects, University of Pennsylvania, 1969-1972; a holograph notebook, 2004-2005; personal and publishing correspondence; first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.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts and notes for his many columns, reviews and other work; Ghazali; Time’s Covenant; personal and professional correspondence(including letters to childhood friend Marjorie Saunders in 1958); personal photographs; New York Sun columns in print form, as well as word processed versions of each; three holograph notebooks.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence, drafts of essays, articles, lectures, curriculum units for Ismaili Institute course, translations and other material related to the life and work of poet, librarian and scholar Eric Ormsby. Ormsby won the prestigious World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014, for his translation of Between Reason and Revelation: twin wisdoms reconciled: an annotated English translation of Nasir-I Khusraw’s Kitab-I Jami’ al-hikmatayn. Also includes early drawings, 1950s, a book proposal for a children’s book on pets, illustrated by his brother, Allan, as well as other early material. Notebooks contain ideas and early drafts of poems and short pieces, as well as more contemporary colour sketches.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts, notes, correspondence (Geoffrey Hill, Dennis O’Driscoll, Ana Maria Pacheco, Sebastian Barker, Peter Nichols, John Metcalf and others), translations and other material from the life and work of poet and scholar Eric Ormsby. Includes translations from Arabic and Persian by Dr. Ormsby of ‘The Shadow of Gilgamesh’ by Fawzi Karim; ‘Between Reason and Revelation’ by Nasiri-i Khusraw (early title ‘ Twin Wisdoms Reconciled: On the Harmony of Reason and Revelation’); class notes from University of Tübingen, 1973-74; Princeton University exams in Arab studies, 1973; copy of Arabic text used as basis for first book, as well as notes and drafts from Tübingen for Theodicy in Islamic Thought; Arabic poetry notes and drafts by Ormsby, 1972; translations of poetry from the Persian of 8th century poet, Tahman; notes, drafts and translation of Goethe Notes and Essays on the West-Eastern Divan; holograph notebooks; early scrapbook, 1955; articles, reviews, translations in The New Criterion, Parnassus, etc. as well as print and audio/visual appearances.

Ormsby, Eric