Fonds MG L 21 - Cid Corman

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Cid Corman

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  • 1953-1990 (Creation)
    Corman, Cid

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30 cm of textual records

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Poet, teacher and radio host, Sidney Corman was born on 29 June 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated at Tufts College (1945), he took graduate studies at University of Michigan (1946 - 1947), University of North Carolina (1947), and Sorbonne (1954 - 1955). In 1965 he married Shizumi Konishi

Corman worked a variety of occupations. Between 1949 and 1951 he hosted "This Is Poetry" for WMEX Radio in Boston, and he founded the literary journal Origin and Origin Press in 1951. As editor of the magazine for more than two decades, he came into contact with a number of influential American and Canadian writers of the 1950s and 1960s. His anthology, The Gist of Origin, 1951-1971 contains highlights from the journal. Corman also enjoyed a career as an educator, teaching school in Italy (1956 - 1958) and Japan (1958 - 1960, 1962 - 1966). During the 1970s and 1980s he owned Cid Corman's Dessert Shop (Kyoto) and Sister City Teashop (Boston).

A prolific writer, Corman published numerous volumes of poetry and several essays. As well, beginning in 1959, he translated a number of Japanese works into English. In 1974 he received both the National Endowment for the Arts grant and the Lenore Marshall Memorial Poetry Award. Cid Corman passed away on 12 March 2004. Source: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 44 (New Revision Series)

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This fonds contains correspondence with several Canadian poets, primarily, Raymond Souster and George Johnston. It also includes correspondence with other writers, namely: Margaret Avison, Luella Booth, George Bowering, Geoff Bowman, Victor Coleman, Mike Doyle, Louis Dudek, Steven Forth, Gary Geddes, Harry Howith, Irving Layton, Daphne Marlatt, John Newlove, Alden Nowlan, Steven Osterlund, W.W.E. Ross, and Mike Strong (Mirko Srzentich). Printed works Jaw Breaker, June '71, No. 1 and History's Wife: A Sculpture are also included.

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Two indexes to the correspondence are available: an alphabetical name (by letter writer) index and a chronological index.

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