Accession MS COLL 00617 - Ray Smith Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00617

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Ray Smith Papers

Date(s)

  • 1977-2011 (Creation)

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19 boxes (2.5 metres)

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Name of creator

(1941-)

Biographical history

Ray Smith is a Canadian novelist and short story writer who currently resides in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He was an English teacher at Loyola College, Montreal, from 1970-71, as well as at Dawson College, Montreal from 1971 until his retirement in May 2007. Smith began writing on 1964 when he produced some unpublished poetry and short stories. He progressed to writing novels afterwards. Smith’s first published work, a compilation of short stories, Cape Breton is the Thought Control Centre of Canada (1969) won him early critical acclaim. His other published works include Lord Nelson Tavern (1974), Century (1986, reprinted in 2008), The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (1999), The Man Who Hated Emily Brontë (2004), The Flush of Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins (2007), and A Night at the Opera (1992), which won the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Award for Best Novel of 1992.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Ray Smith, 2011.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of novel manuscripts for various novels, including The Man Who Loved Jane Austen; The Man Who Hated Emily Bront?; Flushed with Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins; drafts of a new novel, It Floats: Jack Bottomly Among the Politicians; journalism; correspondence with business associates, including publishers and personal correspondence with authors and friends; and other material related to the life and work of Ray Smith.

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Series 1. Books and Book Manuscripts
Series 2. Short Essays – Nonfiction (Journalism)
Series 3. Business Correspondence (including correspondence with publishers)
Series 4. Personal Correspondence
Series 5. Readings
Series 6. Reviews
Series 7. Personal Files and Miscellaneous Items

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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: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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