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BOURINOT, ARTHUR S. (Arthur Stanley), 1893-1969

Arthur S. Bourinot fonds. - 1915-1969. - 9 m of textual record and graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Arthur Stanley Bourinot, son of Sir John George and Lady Isabelle Bourinot, was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1893. He served in the Canadian army and Royal Air Force during the First World War (from 1915 to 1919), the last two years as a prisoner of war. He completed his legal training at Osgoode Hall, Toronto and was called to the bar in 1920. He practised law in Ottawa until he retired in 1959. Bourinot began publishing his poems while still an undergraduate and continued to write and publish poetry throughout his life. He received the Governor General's Literary award in 1939 for Under the Sun (1939), poems about the Depression and the coming of the Second World War. He edited the Canadian Poetry Magazine from 1948 to 1954 and from 1966 to 1968; also he was associate editor of Canadian Author and Bookman (1953-60). His carefully researched historical and biographical books and articles on Canadian poets, such as Duncan Campbell Scott, Archibald Lampman, George Frederick Cameron, William E. Marshall and Charles Sangster, have made a valuable contribution to the field of literary criticism in Canada.

Scope and Content

The Arthur S. Bourinot fonds includes manuscripts, typescripts and galley proofs; correspondence (including some correspondence between his parents, Sir John George and Lady Isabelle Bourinot) as well as notebooks, scrapbooks, and photographs. The fonds also includes some documentation concerning Duncan Campbell Scott, the Canadian Poetry Magazine, the Canadian Writers' Foundation, and the Canadian Authors' Association.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the estate of Arthur S. Bourinot in 1971. [1971-01]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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