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Toppings, Earle.

  • CA ACU SPC F0018-S0011-FL0355
  • File
  • 1966 June 22 - 1972 December 5
  • Part of John Metcalf fonds.

  • Correspondence between E. Toppings and John Metcalf.
  • File consists of letters encouraging and advising J. Metcalf in his writing career; expressing J. Metcalf's appreciation for E. Toppings's assistance; discussing, sometimes in detail, E. Toppings's critiquing of J. Metcalf's fiction; relating to writing and publication of New Canadian writing, 1969 (Clarke, Irwin), The lady who sold furniture (Clarke, Irwin, 1970) and Going down slow (McClelland and Stewart, 1971) and to J. Metcalf's winning the University of Western Ontario President's Medal for short story The estuary; recommending little magazines and publishers who might be interested in J. Metcalf's fiction; requesting letters of reference to accompany J. Metcalf's grant applications; discussing publishers, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, books read and various other topics; regarding current literary endeavours, including textbooks and anthologies edited by J. Metcalf; and relating personal news. Includes copies of letters from E. Toppings to others.
  • Holograph, signed; typescript (carbon copy); typescript, signed. All letters from J. Metcalf are originals; letters from E. Toppings are carbon copies. According to J. Metcalf (March 1995), because copies were not made of the Toppings/Metcalf correspondence, E. Toppings returned J. Metcalf's original correspondence present in this file.
  • Includes references to the following: The children green and golden; A thing they wear; One for cupid; A process of time; The happiest days; Biscuits; Egg and lettuce sandwiches; The realm of gold; Keys and watercress; The estuary; Our Mr. Benson; A bag of cherries; A pointless story; Apple pie and custard; Just two old men; The tide pool; The tide line; Pretty boy; Early morning rabbits; Geography of the house; I've got it made; Like in movies; Walking round the city; The lady who sold furniture : novella; The lady who sold furniture : short stories; Robert, standing; Rhyme and reason; Wordcraft series; Sixteen by twelve; Salutation; Going down slow; The narrative voice; Particular life.

Prism International.

  • Correspondence (1966 September 27 - 1983 April 28), between editors of Prism International and Alden Nowlan.
  • Correspondence relating to poetry and short stories published in Prism International and to a promotional quote written by A. Nowlan for Bill J. O'Brien's Summer of the black sun. Includes biographical material and remarks on writing short stories written by A. Nowlan to accompany the short story Humbly, for Fyodor. Includes references to the following: Humbly, for Fyodor; There was an old woman from Wexford : short story/novel chapter; Chopping onion(s); Great things have happened, even in Moose Jaw; "Why so sad, my dear?" said Queen Anne; A psalm for trumpets; The comedians; The war lost; A night in 1938, and the night after; Morning flight to Red Deer; Beginning; At the edge of the woods; Great things have happened.

Prism International.

  • Letter (1970 June 19), Vancouver, B.C., from Jake Zilber, Prism International, University of British Columbia, to Robert Kroetsch.
  • Typed letter(s) signed by the author accepting four poems: Birthday, Academic question, Conservative streak and Sentence.

Prism International.

  • Letter (1965 August 23), from J. Zilber, Prism, to Robert Kroetsch, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Typed letter(s) signed by the author accepting Syllogisms of desire and Native.