LePan, Douglas Valentine (oral history)
- 11 and 18 Aug 1982 (Creation)
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3 reel-to-reel tapes and 3 cassettes (75 mins.)
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Douglas LePan was a Canadian poet, writer, diplomat and teacher. Born in Toronto in 1914, LePan received degrees from the University of Toronto and Merton College, Oxford. He taught English literature at the University of Toronto and Harvard between 1937 and 1941, at Queen’s University from 1959-1964 and again at the University of Toronto from 1964-1979. During the Second World War he served as an artillery man in the Italian campaign. He was in the Canadian diplomatic service from 1946 to 1959 and served as the secretary and director of research for the Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects. LePan’s time in the military inspired much of his poetry and fiction including The Net and the Sword (1953) and the Deserter (1964), both of which won a Governor General’s Award. Later poetry collections including Something Still to Find (1982) and Far Voyages (1990). In 1989, he penned a book of memoirs, Bright Glass of Memory. LePan died in 1998.
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Oral history interview with Professor D.V. LePan conducted by Paul A. Bator. Commences with childhood visits to campus with his father, who was the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and concludes with his resignation as Principal of University College. Focuses on the period 1920-1971, and discusses University of Toronto Schools, curricula, faculty and student activities, the Dept. of English, his principalship of University College, Sir Robert Falconer, Claude T. Bissell, Vincent W. Bladen and Canadian Literature.
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Tape summary available in Reading Room.
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Oral history has been digitized. Contact Archives to download mp3 files.
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