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Irving Layton (1912-2006)


Canadian poet, short-story writer and essayist. He is perhaps the best-known of a group of Montreal poets who battled against the romanticism of poetry in the mid-twentieth century. His poems express a vigorous sensuality and a contempt for what he regards as society's hypocrisy. He published many poetry collections including A Red Carpet for the Sun (1959) which won the Governor General's Award for poetry. In 1981 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Library and Archives Canada holds a large collection of Irving Layton's published work, as well as archival records of his life and works in our collection of photography, film and sound recordings, documentary art and textual material. Among these resources are:

Harold Town portraits

Francis Reginald Scott fonds

Seymour Mayne fonds

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio

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