Call Number: MSS 74
Title: Kenneth McRobbie fonds.
Dates: 3.75 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Born in London, England
in 1929, McRobbie attended Liverpool University where he won the
Felicia Hermans medal for Poetry in 1952. In 1954 he immigrated
to Canada moving initially to Toronto, then to Winnipeg and, lastly,
to Vancouver. McRobbie's poetry has appeared in Canadian and American
magazines and been aired on CBC radio. Among his earlier publications,
Jupiter C-4: Poems For the Missile Age (1958) and Eyes
Without a Face (1960) were very well received. He later became
involved in writing on the Canadian environment which he considered
his more serious work. He was co-director of a private publishing
house and a Toronto poetry readings centre for poets from Canada
and the United States. McRobbie was fouding editor of the literary
journal Mosaic while at the University of Manitoba. He
retired from the University as a professor of History in 1991. After
his move to Vancouver he taught history on a part-time basis. He
has a long standing interest in Hungarian literature and has published
books of Hungarian translation including The Plough and the Pen:
Writings from Hungary (1930-1956) (1963), The Penguin Book
of Modern Verse Translation (1966), Anthology of Modern Hungarian
Poetry (1977), and Under the Sign of Gemini: Prose and Poetry
of Miklos Radnoti (1977).
Custodial history: Donated by Prof. McRobbie in
1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 &
Scope and content: The collection consists of
the following: a significant amount of poems in draft form from
1950 onward; reviews from papers and magazines; radio scripts; manuscripts
of plays; a manuscript of a novel, Willing the Good in Budapest;
correspondence, papers, and lecture outlines; articles; reviews
by McRobbie of other literary works; correspondence (personal and
business) including letters to and from Charles Olson; and work
sheets, drafts and related materials on the translation of Hungarian
prose and verse.
Accruals: Nine further accruals have been received
since the first accrual in 1991. These include: A.93-05, A.95-14,
A.96-50, A.97-17, A.98-18, A.99-29, A.00-18, A.01-58 and A.08-69.
Further accruals are expected.
Preliminary inventories are available for accruals received after
aid available for the 1991 and 2008 accession.