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Phyllis Webb fonds. - 1951-1981. - 6.7 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Photo of Phyllis Webb with Leo.

Photo of Phyllis Webb with Leo. Photographer Betty Fairbanks.

Poet Phyllis Webb was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1927. After studies in English literature and philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Webb moved to Montreal where she worked as a secretary and took courses at McGill University. During this period she became involved in a literary circle that included F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek and Irving Layton. Webb also lived in England, where she worked for CBC radio as a reporter and reviewer. Returning to Canada in 1959, she taught English literature at the University of British Columbia for four years and continued to write for the CBC on a freelance basis. Webb moved to Toronto in 1965, where she became a program organizer in the public affairs department and created the CBC radio program "Ideas", eventually becoming its executive producer. Webb returned to the West Coast and settled on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia in 1969.

Since her first book Trio (along with the work of Gael Turnbull and Eli Mandel) was published in 1954, Webb has published 11 books during a 40-year career as a writer. Her collection The Vision Tree: Selected Poems, won a Governor General's Literary Award for poetry in 1982. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, and she has contributed articles and reviews to various prominent publications, as well as, held readings across Canada. Webb was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992.

Scope and Content

Phyllis Webb fonds includes worksheets, manuscripts and typescripts for Naked Poems, The Sea Is Also a Garden, Even Your Right Eye, Talking, Wilson's Bowl, Selected Poems: 1954-65, Sunday Water: Thirteen Anti-ghazals, Water and Light: Ghazals and Anti Ghazals: Poems and Hanging Fire; notebooks; correspondence; cassette tapes and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from Phyllis Webb in several instalments. [1983-17, 1988-14, 1991-16, 1998-02]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some correspondence restricted.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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