Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00588 - James Bacque Papers

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James Bacque Papers


  • 1962-2007 (Creation)

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100 boxes (14 metres)

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Biographical history

James Bacque is a writer, editor and one-time publisher. Educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and then the University of Toronto, where he studied history and philosophy, Bacque began his career as a fiction writer, publishing the novels The Lonely Ones (novel was re-titled Big Lonely when published in England and in paperback by M&S in 1978), A Man of Talent (Toronto: New Press, 1972) and The Queen Comes to Minnicog . He has also written a number of plays and teleplays. In 1989, Bacque published his first non-fiction book, the controversial Other Losses. The book thesis was that the Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower’s policies caused the death of 790,000 German captives in internment camps through disease, starvation and cold from 1944 to 1949. He followed it up with two more World War II-related books: Just Raoul and Crimes and Mercies. He also published another work of fiction, Our Fathers' War.

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Gift of James Bacque, 2009

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This collection consists of the bulk of material including the research, manuscript drafts, proofs and correspondence for most of Bacque's fiction and non-fiction works, both published and unpublished. It also includes a large collection of POW correspondence Bacque received after publishing his book Other Losses, which he used for research into his follow-up, Crimes and Mercies. Other material in the collection include manuscripts for Bacques journalism work, along with correspondence and editing work he did with Seal Books in the 1970s.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English
  • French

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Univerisity of Toronto

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