Manuscript Collection - Ronald Hambleton Papers

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Ronald Hambleton Papers


  • 1939-[200-] (Creation)

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62 Boxes (9.5 metres)

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Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1917. His family emigrated to Canada in 1924 and he grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He was a well-known writer, interviewer, freelance writer, music critic and poet. Among his published books are Unit of Five (1944), Object & Event (1953), Every Man is an Island (1959), There Goes McGill (1962), Mazo de la Roche of Jalna (1966), The Secret of Jalna (1972), A Master Killing (1978), the Love & Death of Orpheus (1979), The Branding of America (1987) and Verse of All Sorts, Light Dark & Wry (1995). Hambleton also wrote radio scripts, documentaries and television shows for the CBC and worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United Kingdom. Between 1972 and 1977, he wrote a weekly column for Marketing Magazine and contributed to the Toronto Star as a music reviewer for over 30 years. Hambleton died in Toronto in 2015.

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Collection includes typescripts of his novels, published and unpublished, general and business correspondence, various articles, radio scripts, unpublished essays, plays, music reviews and magazine appearances. Tape recordings of his interviews with writers, such as Casals and Bertrand Russell. Photographs, including four of Hambleton during his interviews with CBC.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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