Fonds 04-2004 - Jayne Berland fonds

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Jayne Berland fonds

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CA ON00176 04-2004

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  • 1938-1997 (Creation)

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77 cm of textual records

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Jayne Epstein was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1922 and educated at Wilbur Wright College, Indiana University and the University of Iowa. In 1941 she married Alwyn Berland. The couple had four children. In 1963 she moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1973. From 1964 to 1968 she was the poetry editor of the Wascanca Review. She and her husband later moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he became the Dean of Humanities at McMaster University and she taught poetry. She published her poems in many journals and also published several books of poetry. She was a founding member member of the Hamilton Poetry Centre. In 1988-89 the Berlands travelled to Nanjing, China where they taught English language and literature at the Normal University (NanShaDa).

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The fonds consists of her writings in all genres (mainly poetry, with some fiction and prose) as well as correspondence, printed materials, and published works. The poetry includes a series of poems written in and about China. Arrangement has been imposed by the archivist. Her book of poetry titled Poems which was formed part of this accrual has been catalogued for Research Collections.

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Fonds was acquired from her husband Alywn Berland in January 2004.


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