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Robert Bringhurst fonds. - 1966-1989. - 8 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Robert Bringhurst was born in Los Angeles, California in 1946. He studied physics and linguistics at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Utah, comparative literature at Indiana University (B.A., 1973), and fine arts at the University of British Columbia (M.F.A., 1975). Bringhurst is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Deuteronomy (1974), Bergschrund (1975), Jacob Singing (1977), Tzuhalem's Mountain (1982), The Beauty of the Weapons: Selected Poems 1972-1982 (1982), Pieces of Map, Pieces of Music (1986) and The Calling: Selected Poems 1970-95 (1995). He has also created polyphonic works of poetry set to music, such as, The Blue Roofs of Japan (1986). He received the CBC Poetry Prize in 1985 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987-88. He collaborated with Haida artist Bill Reid on The Raven Steals the Light (1984) and with photographer Ulli Steltzer on The Black Canoe: Bill Reid and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii (1991), which received the Bill Duthie Bookseller's Choice Award in 1992. Bringhurst's published works on art, book design and literary criticism include: Visions: Contemporary Art in Canada (1983); Ocean Paper Stone (1984), a history of fine art publishing in B.C.; and The Elements of Typographic Style (1992), a guide to typographic etiquette, grammar and style. Following his interests in typography and book design, he was contributing editor to Fine Print: A Review for the Arts of the Book (1985-90). Robert Bringhurst has taught creative writing as visiting lecturer at UBC (1975-77), he taught typography at Simon Fraser University, and was poet-in-residence The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (1983). Bringhurst has been writer-in-residence at four Canadian universities, as well as, universities in Europe and the United States; he has also lectured internationally on Haida literature, poetry, typography and book design. Robert Bringhurst now works as a free-lance editor and book designer in Vancouver. Other recent publications by Robert Bringhurst include Boats Is Saintlier than Captains: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Morality and Design (1997) and Story as Sharp as a Knife: An Introduction to Classical Haida Literature (1998).

Scope and Content

The Robert Bringhurst fonds includes correspondence, research notes, manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works; business records relating to his work as a professional typographer and designer; copies of books and broadsides designed by Bringhurst and an audio cassette of his readings. The second accession [1990-15] includes correspondence with publishers; manuscripts for Raven Steals the Light and its Japanese translation; and papers relating to Bringhurst's collaboration in the publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the author in 1988 and 1990. [1988-01, 1990-15]

Language: material in the fonds is predominately in English.

Restrictions: some correspondence restricted.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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