Fonds MG L 24 - The Collected Poems of Sir Charles G.D. Roberts

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The Collected Poems of Sir Charles G.D. Roberts

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  • [1973-198-] (Creation)
    Pacey, Desmond
    Fonds includes photocopies of Roberts' works, which were created many years earlier.

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96 cm of textual records

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The Roberts poetry project was initiated by literary critic and university educator William Cyril Desmond Pacey. Born on 1 May 1917 in Dundedin, New Zealand, Desmond Pacey was educated at Victoria College, University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy in 1938. He completed a doctoral degree at Cambridge University in 1941.

Pacey began his university teaching career in 1940 at Brandon College, University of Manitoba. In 1944, he joined the English Department of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, serving as its head until 1969. At UNB he taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and published a number of scholarly works. Pacey was particularly interested in the works of Fredericton poets, Bliss Carman and Charles G. D. Roberts. Around 1955 he edited and published The Selected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts. A second edition followed in 1980.

His primary intent, however, was to publish complete scholarly editions of both the collected poems and collected letters of Charles G. D. Roberts. Beginning about 1973 and supported by a Canada Council grant, Pacey pursued these projects. He collected photocopies of holograph, typescript and published versions of Roberts's poetry located in repositories and libraries in Canada and the United States and supervised preliminary research. His untimely death in 1975 halted this work temporarily until Pacey's colleague at UNB, poet and educator Fred Cogswell, agreed to supervise the final year of research. In 1985 the Wombat Press published The Collected Poems of Sir Charles G. D Roberts: A Critical Edition, edited by Desmond Pacey with assistance from Graham Adams.

Source: Cogswell, Fred, "Introduction", The Collected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts, 1985.

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This fonds documents the activities of Desmond Pacey and his colleagues which resulted in the production of a scholarly volume of collected poems by Charles G.D. Roberts. It contains photocopies of typescript, holograph or published versions of 382 poems by Roberts, many having first appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies or in one of his books of verse. The fonds also includes index cards which contain the title and publishing history of each work, research notes and literary comments. Typescript manuscripts, project correspondence, research files and an overview of the poetry project are included.

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Deposited by Fred Cogswell in 1978.


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More information about Desmond Pacey's life and work can be found in W.C. Desmond Pacey fonds, MG L1; see also Collected Letters of Sir Charles G.D. Roberts , MG L26.

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