Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00544 - John Reid Papers

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John Reid Papers


  • [195-]- (Creation)

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18 boxes (1.5 metres)

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Biographical history

While John Reid was a businessman by profession, he was a writer at heart. While only publishing one book, Horses with Blindfolds (in 1968), he produced many other manuscripts – including two other books that, along with Horses with Blindfolds, comprised a trilogy he called The Malaga Triptych – including novels and short stories, librettos (including The Lost Child, produced by the CBC in 1975, with music by Godfrey Ridout) and personal reminisces.

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Gift of Margaret Reid, 2008

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Collection consists primarily of manuscript drafts of John Reid's various writing projects, including novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs and librettos. It also contains some material related to a proposed biography he wished to write on Wyndham Lewis.

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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

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