Accession MS COLL 0049F - Ray Smith Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 0049F

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Ray Smith Papers

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  • 1986-1997 (Creation)

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2 boxes (12 audio cassettes)

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(1941-)

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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 Smith began writing on 1964 when he produced some unpublished poetry and short stories.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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Gift of Ray Smith, 2016

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Included in the 2016 accrual are audio cassettes documenting Ray Smith’s appearances on radio shows, readings that he did for radio and live audiences and radio performances of his works. Radio shows that Smith appeared on include CBC’s Morningside, Homerun, State of the Arts, Art Talks, Aircraft and Saturday Spotlight. Works that he read include “Lord Nelson Tavern,” “The Man who Loved Jane Austen,” “The Poetry of the Dram,” “A Night at the Opera” and “A Matter of Detail.” Also included are recordings of CBC Stage performances of “Lord Nelson’s Tavern” and “Eden’s Next to Last Dreamer.” Most of the audio cassettes contain multiple appearances, readings and/or performances. Titles and descriptions of cassette contents are taken directly from the cassette labels and cassettes have been arranged in chronological order.

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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-form

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  • English

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