Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00060 - Peter Hanson Papers

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Peter Hanson Papers


  • 1985-1989 (Creation)

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21 boxes (3.2 metres)

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Biographical history

Born in Vancouver in 1947, Peter Hanson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1971 at the age of 24. He worked as an ER doctor for three years, then established a family practice in Toronto. In 1986 he wrote the first of his international best-sellers, <i>The Joy of Stress</i>, followed a few years later by Stress for Success. These have sold over a million copies in 20 languages. He currently resides in Denver, CO.

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Gift of Peter Hanson, 1990.

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The collection consists of materials, notes, manuscripts, galleys, correspondence, reviews promotional materials and other printed materials for two Hanson books: The Joy of Stress and Stress for Success. The papers document the way in which a book privately published in Canada became an international best seller.

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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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