Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00740 - Kenneth Sherman Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00740

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Kenneth Sherman Papers

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  • 1970s-2000s (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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21 boxes (4 metres)

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(1950-)

Biographical history

Biographical note from Canadian Poetry Online: Kenneth Sherman was born in Toronto in 1950. He has a BA from York University, where he studied with Eli Mandel and Irving Layton, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. While a student at York, Sherman co-founded and edited the literary journal WAVES. From 1974-1975 he traveled extensively through Asia. He began his teaching career in 1975 at York's Atkinson College. He is a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College where he teaches Humanities and Communications; he also teaches a course in creative writing at York University. In 1982, Sherman was writer-in-residence at Trent University. In 1986 he was invited by the Chinese government to lecture on contemporary Canadian literature at universities and government institutions in Beijing. In 1988, he received a Canada Council grant to travel through Poland and Russia. This experience inspired several of the essays in his book Void and Voice (1998). Sherman lives in Toronto with his wife, Marie, an artist, and their two children.

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Gift of Kenneth Sherman, 2016

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Includes drafts and notes for: Black Flamingo, Cost of Living, Jogging With the Great Ray Charles, Clusters, My Father Kept His Cats Well Fed and Words for Elephant Man. Poem drafts, early essays, course work from York University and literary correspondence, 1980s – 2000s (Irving Layton, Seymour Mayne, Eric Ormsby, Cynthia Ozick, Robyn Sarah, Joe Rosenblatt, Czeslaw Milosz, Philip Roth and others) also form part of this accession.

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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: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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  • English

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