Subseries 2 - Manuscripts of short stories

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CA ON00389 2-2-2

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Manuscripts of short stories

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  • 1938 - 1980 (Creation)

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4.3 cm of textual material (325 p.)

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(1909-1998)

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Sub-series consists of handwritten and typed drafts and manuscripts of four of Watson's six published short stories, namely "Brother Oedipus", "Antigone", "The Rumble Seat" and "And the four animals..." and five unpublished short stories, featuring the characters Hania, Oedipus, Eurydice, Orpheus, Daedalus and Aesop, and a fragment of literary prose fictionalizing her experiences in Paris. There is no surviving documentation of Watson's first published short story "Rough Answer", which appeared in The Canadian Forum 18: 212 (September 1938): 178-180, nor "The Black Farm (A Modern Allegory)", which was first published in Queen's Quarterly 63:2 (Summer 1954): 220-228. The files have been arranged chronologically, frequently relying on the publishing dates of the short stories.

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Title based on contents of the sub-series. No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor. No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist. Translations by other authors of Watson's short stories can be found in the Publishing records and business correspondence series. Translations by Watson of French short stories can be found in the Editorial and collaborative sub-series of the Professional activities series.

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