Fonds - Raymond Knister fonds

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Raymond Knister fonds

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  • 1921-1932 (Creation)

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1.5 m of textual records and graphic material 2 audio reels

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(1899-1932)

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Raymond Knister was an editor, a writer and a poet. He was born in Essex County, Ontario, the son of Robert Knister. He married Myrtle Gamble in 1927. They had two children. He drowned on Lake Saint Clair near Stoney Point.

Knister attended Victoria College, University of Toronto (1919-20) and took courses at Iowa State University, Iowa City (1923-24). He became associate editor of The Midland in 1923. He contributed many short stories and poems to The Midland, This Quarter (Paris) and Transition, along with other American and Canadian avant-garde magazines.

Knister was the editor of Canadian Short Stories (1928) and the author of White Narcissus (1929), My Star Predominant (1934), and Collected Poems (1949).

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There have been two accruals. The first accrual is arranged into the following series: correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings and other published materials, personal and family materials, including photographs, two audio reels. The second accrual contains manuscripts.

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The first accrual was purchased from Knister's daughter, Imogen Givens, in June 1981. The second accrual was purchased in January 1984 also from Imogen Givens.

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