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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Notes regarding The Double Hook

File consists of 9 pages containing handwritten notes of biblical quotations, Greek references and mythological descriptions and small fragments of writing that would become "The Double Hook".

Manuscript draft of The Double Hook from Toronto

File consists of a 50 page notebook from Moulton College with 7 loose inserts totaling 60 pages of handwritten manuscript for "The Double Hook", including biblical quotes and reading notes.

Manuscripts of The Double Hook

  • File consists of two copies of a 185 page typescript of "The Double Hook", with sparse handwritten corrections by Watson and perhaps one other. One copy contains a title page which includes the return address "c/o Louise Riley
  • 32 Athlone Apartments
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada", indicating that these drafts were created during the time that Watson was living with her husband Wilfred in Calgary.

Manuscript of The Double Hook

File consists of a 162 page typescript of "The Double Hook", presumed to be a later revision of the 185 page typescript. Page 34 of the typescript is missing.

Correspondence regarding The Double Hook from F.M. Salter

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-1-2006 01 45
  • File
  • December 12, 1954 - July 27, 1959
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from F.M. Salter regarding "The Double Hook", including detailed editorial comments, a six page foreword to the novel, and a copy of a letter Salter sent to Edward Weeks, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, on behalf of Watson.

Forewords, afterword and epigraph for The Double Hook

File consists of handwritten and typed material including a seven page typed piece titled "Foreword to The Double Hook", annotated "From Mr. Salter" by Watson; a two-page handwritten foreword by Wilfred Watson; a poem, presumably by Salter or Wilfred titled "The freezing bird : For Sheila", two copies of the page long quotation from Jacob Boehme, one titled "Epigraph for The Double Hook" and a 17 page typescript by Fred T. Flahiff of an afterword that would be added to the 1989 reprint of the novel.

Manuscripts of Landscape of the Moon

File consists of 13 pages (two blank) of typed drafts of Watson's unfinished novel "Landscape of the Moon". Includes three distinct sections, all beginnings to the novel.

Reflection on The Double Hook

File consists of a six page typed reflection by Watson regarding her choices regarding "The Double Hook", in terms of plot, meaning and structure. This reflection may have been intended to be an introduction to the novel, or possibly a lecture or reading.

Manuscript of Landscape of the Moon

File consists of 132 pages containing 60 pages of heavily annotated typescript of Watson's unfinished novel "Landscape of the Moon". The typescript has been arranged into 17 two and four-leaf gatherings and numbered in the upper right hand corner.

Notebook regarding The Double Hook from Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-1-2006 01 46
  • File
  • [between August 19, 1955 and August 6, 1956]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook kept by Sheila Watson while she lived in Paris, France, containing 60 pages of handwritten notes. The bulk appears to be revisions of "The Double Hook" although there are some notes on the French language.

Manuscript of Hania short story

File consists of two typed pages of a short story beginning with a quotation from the Gospel of Thomas and featuring a female character Hania. This short story is presumed to be written by Watson as it does not contain any annotations or signatures by her.

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.

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