Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00300 (Downsview Offsite) - William French Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00300 (Downsview Offsite)


William French Papers


  • 1926-ongoing (Creation)

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78 boxes (10 metres)

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Biographical history

William French was born in London , Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1948. With the retirement of W.A. Deacon in 1960, French became the Globe's literary editor. He has written several book reviews and magazine articles. He is the author of A most unlikely village: a history of Forest Hill (1964).

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Gift of William French in 1993.

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Papers for his tenure as successor to W.A. Deacon, literary editor of the Globe and Mail. Correspondence with book reviewers and authors, drafts for his reviews, column articles, lectures and speeches, press releases for new books, and clippings.

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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: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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