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MARSHALL, TOM, 1938-1993

Tom Marshall fonds. - 1961-1992. - 12 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Poet, novelist, critic and editor, Tom Marshall, was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1938 and lived in the United States during his childhood. He received a B.A. in History (1961) and an M.A. in English (1965) from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario where he completed his thesis on A.M. Klein. He began teaching at Queen's in 1964. His interest in poetry led to involvement in editing the student literary magazine Quarry and to the position as poetry editor for the Canadian Forum. Marshall published six books of poetry between 1969 and 1980 and prepared critical works on D.H. Lawrence and A.M. Klein, as well as a series of critical essays on major Canadian writers collected as Harsh and Lovely Land: The Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition (1978). His Playing with Fire (1984) and Dance of the Particles (1984) are lyrical long poems depicting spiritual themes. He produced several psychological novels Adele at the End of the Day (1987), Changelings: A Double Fugue (1991) and Goddess Disclosing (1992) in which he explored ecological and feminist themes. His collections of essays Ghost Safari (1990) and Multiple Exposures: Promised Lands (1992) are reflections on the lives and works of contemporary Canadian poets and fiction writers. Marshall died in Kingston, Ontario in 1993.

Scope and Content

The Tom Marshall fonds includes manuscripts and typescripts for his poetic, fictional and scholarly works, including: The Beast with Three Backs; The Silences of Fire; A.M. Klein; The Psychic Mariner: A Reading of the Poems of D. H. Lawrence; Magic Water; The Earth Book; Rosemary Goal; Harsh and Lovely Land; The Elements: Poems 1960-1975; Glass Houses; Adele at the End of the Day and Voices on the Brink. Also included are research notes for Marshall's poetry, novels, criticism and reviews. The fonds includes correspondence received while Marshall was editor for Quarry Press (1965-1966) and poetry editor for the Canadian Forum (1973-1978); the fonds also includes his professional and literary correspondence from Canadian writers and critics including Northrop Frye, Michael Ondaatje, Dorothy Livesay and Al Purdy, among many others. The fonds also includes book posters, book jackets, broadsides, photographs, audiovisual items and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: The first accession was received from Tom Marshall in 1985, the second in 1989, and subsequent accessions were received from the Estate of Tom Marshall in 1993. [1985-14, 1989-09, 1993-10, 1993-15]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aids available for first two accessions.

Related Records Different Fonds: Tom Eadie fonds0142 [1987-13].

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