Fonds 78 - Michael Bedard fonds

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CA ON00399 78


Michael Bedard fonds


  • 1978 - 2009 (Creation)

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1.8 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Michael Bedard is an award-winning author of books for children and youth. He was born in 1949 in Toronto, Canada, and studied English and Philosophy at Victoria University, Toronto. After graduating with a B.A. in 1971, Bedard worked as a library assistant in St. Michael's College Library at the University of Toronto until 1978. He then worked as a pressman at the small print shop Gardenshore Press until 1981. Bedard has been a full-time writer since 1982.

Bedard's works are aimed at a young adult audience and include re-tellings of fairy tales and Chinese fables, dark fiction novels, picture books about Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, the Bronte children, and Canadian sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, as well as a biography of William Blake.
He has won several awards including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, the runner-up for the Young Adult Canadian Award, and the Toronto IODE Book Award.

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Acquired from Michael Bedard, 2012.

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Fonds consists of records relating to Michael Bedard's career as an author, including his research and drafts, correspondence with publishers and illustrators, reviews, and awards, 1978-2009. It is arranged by work: Woodsege and Other Tales (published 1979), Pipe and Pearls (published 1980), A Darker Magic (published 1987), The Lightning Bolt (published 1989), Redwork (published 1990), The Tinder Box (published 1990), The Nightingale (published 1991), Emily (published 1992), Painted Devil (published 1994), The Divide (published 1997), Glass Town (published 1997), The Clay Ladies (published 1999), The Wolf of Gubbio (published 2000), Stained Glass (published 2001), The Painted Wall and Other Strange Tales (published 2003), William Blake: The Gates of Paradise (published 2006), and Published Texts.

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Further accruals are expected.

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See: G.E. Bentley - Blake Collection, Victoria University Library

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