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DAVISON, FRANK C., 1893-1960

Frank Cyril Shaw Davison fonds. - 1921-1940. - 20 cm of textual record.

Pierre Coalfleet (Pseudonym used in some literary works)

Biographical Sketch

Frank Cyril Shaw Davison was born in Hantsport, Nova Scotia in 1893. After his studies at McGill University (B.A., 1913) and Harvard University (M.A., 1914), he worked at a variety of jobs in New York City and then for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. He moved to Europe in 1919 and worked as a newspaper correspondent in London, Berlin and Paris. He was a member of the Secretariat of the League of Nations in Geneva (1920-1921), and spent time in Berlin (1922) where he met the American artist, Marsden Hartley. He later went to New York and worked as editor and book review editor at the Forum (1923-1924). He returned to Europe in 1924 to pursue his writing career and published Sidonie (1920), Solo (1924), The Hare and the Tortoise (1926) and Meanwhile (1927) under the pseudonym, Pierre Coalfleet. He wrote and adapted several plays with John Hanlon Mitchell, Family Hold Back, was produced in London in 1936. Davison joined the staff of the BBC in London in 1941 and retired from the position of Director of Broadcasting to Western Europe in March 1954. He died in Ibiza, Balearic Islands (Spain) in 1960.

Scope and Content

The Frank Cyril Shaw Davison fonds includes typescripts of unpublished works: Some Fly East: A Comedy in Four Acts, I Took Myself Seriously, A Faraway Look and The Man in the Moon. The fonds also includes letters from publishers and newspaper clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: first accession acquired from William Hoffer; and the second accession from MacLeod's Books, Vancouver B.C. [1983-01, 1994-11]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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