Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00010E - Malcolm Lester Papers

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Malcolm Lester Papers


  • [198-]-[9-]. (Creation)

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1 box (12.5 cm)

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Biographical history

Malcolm Lester has devoted his career to bringing the work of both established and emerging writers to the world's attention. Managing Editor of Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and General Manager of Coles Publishing (the publishing arm of Coles bookstores), Past President of the Association of Canadian Publishers, he is best known as the President of Lester & Orpen Dennys, one of Canada's most distinguished publishers. The Literary Review of Canada named three of Malcolm Lester's books as among the most important Canadian books of the 20th century.

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Gift of Malcolm Lester, 2011

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Collection includes primarily financial statements, correspondence and legal transactions related to the operations of the publishing house Lester & Orpen Dennys during the 1980s. It includes material related to Key Porter, Christopher Ondaatje, Pearson and Jack Shapiro.

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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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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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