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Acadia University. Department of English.

  • Press release, 1968(?).
  • Typescript (photocopy) press release(?) announcing poetry reading to be given by A. Nowlan at Acadia University, March 31, 1968(?). Includes bio-bibliographical information.

Aunt Jane.

In the Human Voice Quarterly, v. 2, no. 3, August 1966, p. 44. Also contains Warren Pryor, Carl, Marian at the Pentecostal meeting, When like the tears of clowns, Beginning, The anatomy of angels and God sour the milk of the knacking wench, p. 44; A poem for Elizabeth Nancy and Summer, p. 45; as well as short bio-bibliography, p. 43. Includes references to the following: Aunt Jane; Warren Pryor; Carl; Marian at the Pentecostal meeting; When like the tears of clowns; Beginning; The anatomy of angels; God sour the milk of the knacking wench; A poem for Elizabeth Nancy; Summer.

Author's commentary : prose

Typescript (carbon copy) clean copy of short biography with typescript annotation "For Grade IV textbook"; typescript rough draft fragment; and typescript (carbon copy) clean copy of A. Nowlan's commentary on poems The execution, The bull moose, On the nature of human compassion, Alpha and omega, Walking toward the bus station, and I, Icarus. Items received stapled together by the author; however, items 2-3 probably were written to accompany publication of the above listed poems in high school/college textbook Rhymes and reasons, edited by John Robert Colombo (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971). (See repository photocopies of correspondence with J. R. Colombo included in file, which discuss submission of the poems and commentary.) Includes references to the following: Author's commentary; The execution; I, Icarus; Walking toward the bus station; The bull moose; Alpha and omega; On the nature of human compassion.

Biographical sketch : prose

Typescript (carbon copy). Biography describing A. Nowlan's childhood and youth, and discussing poets who have had an influence on the author's literary works. Includes references to the following: Biographical sketch.

Canadian Fiction Magazine.

  • Correspondence (1972 September 6 - 1980 January 30), between editors of Canadian Fiction Magazine and Alden Nowlan.
  • Correspondence inviting submissions for publication consideration, and relating to publication of the short story Will ye let the mummers in? in Canadian Fiction Magazine. Includes brief biography published with short story. Includes references to the following: Will ye let the mummers in? : short story; Miracle at Indian River : short story collection; Various persons named Kevin O'Brien; Double exposure; The incredible murder of Cardinal Tosca : stage play.

Canadian Who'S Who.

  • Letters (n.d., 1972 - 1982 November), from officials, chiefly Kieran P. Simpson, Editor, Canadian Who's Who, to Alden Nowlan.
  • Letters relating to A. Nowlan's biographical entry in Canadian Who's Who. Includes copies of 1972 and 1982 entries.

Conway, Rosalind Eve.

  • Alden Nowlan.
  • Critical essay, no. 26 in the Profiles in Canadian literature series. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1980. Publication also includes a chronology, comments by and on Alden Nowlan and selected bibliography. Includes duplicate of item.


  • CA ACU SPC F0008-S0009-FL0015
  • File
  • Fredericton, N.B. : University of New Brunswick : St. Thomas University, 1969.
  • Part of Alden Nowlan fonds.

  • Alden Nowlan special issue.
  • The Fiddlehead, no. 81, August-October 1969. Special Alden Nowlan issue featuring poetry and short story by A. Nowlan; and biographical sketch, bibliography, interview and essays relating to A. Nowlan and his work. Sketch of A. Nowlan by Marjory Donaldson; drawings by Tom Forrestall; issue edited by Robert Cockburn. Includes references to the following: On the stairs; Two poems for the Nova Scotia Department of Highways; In memoriam : Claude Orser (1894-1968); Stoney Ridge dance hall; Comparison; The stenographer; The grove beyond the barley; His native place; Playing the Jesus game : poem; X-ray; A black plastic button and a yellow yoyo : poem; The barmaid's daughter; A mime for lovers; The silence; For Claudine, because I love her; Daisies; Picking raspberries; October snow storm.

Four neo-sonic poems : poems

Typescript, holograph and typescript (carbon copy) drafts of four poems described by A. Nowlan as "Poems published in Fiddlehead under pseudonym Bhikkhu Bannister, as satire on some current versififers (sic)". The poems, titled Talkin boat (variant title Pea Seas pome), Ah shung uv inn-oh-sense end uv-spear-ay-since, Amerika and Peein dews, published in the Fiddlehead, no. 94, Summer 1972. File includes repository photocopies of two letters to Robert Gibbs, Fiddlehead editor in 1972, enclosing the poems and A. Nowlan's biographical note about Bhikkhu Bannister; biographical note used in the Notes on contributors section of the periodical. Item 7 shows pseudonym as Bhikku MacBain; items 2, 4, 6 and 8 contain A. Nowlan's signed holograph annotations of date and include carbon copies. Includes references to the following: Pea Seas pome; Four neo-sonic poems; Amerika; Peein dews; Talkin boat; Ah shung uv inn-oh-sense end uv ex-spear-ay-since.

I, Icarus : poem : page proof

Photocopies of previously published poems I, Icarus, The execution, The mysterious naked man and The masks of love; and page proofs of the four poems, A. Nowlan's author's commentary on the poems, titled Recalling the circumstances, and a short biography, all published in the anthology Transitions III : poetry (Commcept Publishing, 1978). File includes repository photocopy of covering letter, July 17, 1978, from Commcept Publishing Ltd. enclosing the galleys. Includes references to the following: The execution; I, Icarus; The masks of love; The mysterious naked man : poem; Recalling the circumstances.

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