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Eli Mandel fonds, 1922-1986

MSS 18, PC 17, TC 48

8.3 m of textual records

Mandel was born in 1922 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Following military service in World War II, he resumed his studies at the University of Saskatchewan where he received his MA in English. From 1953 to 1957 he taught at the College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean. On completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta. His first published work appeared in 1954, a collection of poems in Trio. Thereafter Mandel published several volumes of poetry including Black and Secret Man (1964), Criticism: The Silent-Speaking Words (1966), Eight More Canadian Poets (1972), The Poems of Irving Layton (1977), Life Sentence (1981) and several others. In the process, he established himself as one of Canada's foremost literary critics.

Donated by Eli and Anne Mandel, 1984 and 1992

The collection consists of biographical material, his creative works of poetry and prose and substantial correspondence between Mandel and several literary contemporaries all across Canada. There are also diaries, business correspondence, lecture notes on the poetry, prose, and fiction of various writers. The collection also has 87 photographs and 17 tape recordings, mostly of him reading poetry

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No further accruals are expected

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