Fonds Ga 73 : Accrual 1998 - Virgil Burnett fonds : 1998 accrual

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Virgil Burnett fonds : 1998 accrual

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CA ON00351 Ga 73 : Accrual 1998

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  • 1991-1995 (Creation)

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Virgil Burnett (1928-2012) was an artist, author, teacher and founder of the Pasdeloup Press. Burnett received his undergraduate education at Columbia University, New York, where he majored in Painting. After military service during the Korean War, he took a Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Art History at the University of Paris in 1956-1957, and remained in Europe until 1961, drawing painting and travelling. In Paris, Burnett worked with Maurice Darantière, a distinguished master printer and publisher of fine books, whose wide acquaintance included Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and many others. Darantière exhibited Burnett’s early drawings at the Hôtel Mansart de Sagonne, an old building in the Marais, where he had his home and studio. He encouraged the young artist to take his vocation as a dessinateur seriously and soon Burnett received commissions, such as cover illustrations for Penguin paperbacks, which provided broad exposure for his drawings. From 1973 to 2012 Burnett lived in Stratford, Ontario, taught at the University of Waterloo, produced publications with the Pasdeloup Press imprint, and created a remarkable oeuvre of writing and illustration.
(from the National Gallery of Canada)

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Contains ca. 640 pieces of correspondence, written to Virgil Burnett from friends, colleagues, business associates, publishers, agents, and others. There are a very few letters and letter copies by Virgil Burnett to others. Also present are clippings, drawings (original on letters and cards, as well as photocopies), ephemera, offprints, copies of short stories, chapters, poems, etc.
Correspondents include Gay Allison, Ross Arthur, Phillippe Asselin, Elizabeth Bailey, Bruce Barber, Anne Baruch, Nancy Boyd, Marta Braun, John Buchanan-Brown, Douglas Campbell, William Chadwick, Jacqueline Chesta, Andree Christensen, Rienzi Crusz, John Culhane, George d'Almeida, Amelia Davies, Michel Devrient, Elsie Diehl, Pamela Dorman, Rikki Ducornet, Donna Dunlap, Timothy Findley, Jeremy Gentilli, Francine Goldenhar, Pat Goodheart, Geogg Hancock, Kim Harrovich[?], Grace Heller, Conrad Hilberry, Peter Hinchcliffe, Daryl Hine, Harold Horwood, Tim Inkster, George Johnston, Sam Kirkpatrick, Stuart Krichevsky, Wendy Kuhn, Beverly Kupersmith, Gwen Layne, Amanda Lewis, Gary Lewis, Marion Lindsay, Jill Littlewood, Charles Maryan, Ariane Masse, Lynne Mayers, Marjorie McColl, Eric McCormack, Jerome McGann, Robin Magowan, Lorenzo Milan, Arthur Morey, Robert Morgan, Karen Mulhallen, Nancy-Lou Patterson, Joe Plaskett, Nicholas Rees, Rob Reid, Martha Roth, Beverly Scanlan, Laurence Shute, Ted Solotaroff, Helen Sovereign, Sally Spector, Isabella Stefanescu, Richard Taddei, Diana Theodores, Jane Urquhart, Tony Urquhart, Jan Whitford (Lucinda Varley Agency), Richard Wilbur, John Wilde Barb Wood, Joe Wyatt, Tim Wynne-Jones.
Publishers and others include Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Fiction Magazine, Descant, Garland Publishing, Harper-Collins, Mercury Press, Mika Publishing, Porcupine's Quill, Prentice Hall, Tsar Publications, Yale University Press.

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Donated by Virgil Burnett in 1998.


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