Accession A1984-037, A1985-011, A1987-056, A1992-022 - Eli Mandel fonds

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Eli Mandel fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 18-A1984-037, A1985-011, A1987-056, A1992-022

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  • 1922-1986 (Creation)
    Mandel, Eli

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Eli Mandel was a Canadian poet, critic and academic. Mandel was born in 1922 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Following military service in World War II, he resumed his studies at the University of Saskatchewan where he received an M.A. in English. Between 1953 and 1957, he taught at the College militaire royal de Saint-Jean. On completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta. His first published work appeared in 1954, a collection of poems in Trio. Thereafter, Mandel published several volumes of poetry including Black and Secret Man (1964), Criticism: The Silent-Speaking Words (1966), Eight More Canadian Poets (1972), The Poems of Irving Layton (1977), Life Sentence (1981) and several others. In the process, he established himself as one of Canada's foremost literary critics.

Apart from his major academic appointments, Mandel has taught courses and given workshops and readings at most Canadian universities as well as in other settings, in Canada and abroad (Europe, India).

By his first marriage, to Miriam Minovitch, Mandel has a daughter (Evie) and a son (Charles); by his second, to Ann Hardy, a daughter (Sara). He died September 3, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario.

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This accrual was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Eli and Anne Mandel in several installments.

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The collection reflects the work of Eli Mandel as a creative writer and as an academic scholar. There are manuscript and typescript copies of most of his poems and critical works, frequently in many drafts, as well as drafts of his published anthologies. His formal articles are supplemented by notes for his lectures to university classes and other audiences. The correspondence includes exchanges of letters with many of his contemporary Canadian writers and scholars. There is a limited amount of material concerning members of Mandel's family, especially his first wife, Miriam (Minovitch) Mandel.

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This collection is organized into 34 series.
Contemporaries, Correspondents, Etc.
Correspondence with Publishers, Booksellers, Etc.
Correspondence with Organizations, Etc.
Correspondence Re: Lectures, Readings, Etc.
Correspondence, Etc.
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Lecture Notes; Poems
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University of Saskatchewan, 1945-1950
University of Toronto, 1950-1952
University Work, 1952-
University of Alberta, 1957-1967
York University
University Lecture Notes
Poetry: Single Poems
Prose: Articles, Essays, Lectures, Etc.
Miscellaneous Pieces
Miscellaneous Prefaces
Miscellaneous Reviews
Lectures, Etc., on Canadian Writers
Lectures, Etc., on Non-Canadian Writers
Collected Works: Poetry
Collected Works: Prose
Edited Anthologies
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Journals Containing Writings by EWM
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Photograph Collection ( PC 71)
Tape Collection (TC 48)

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Finding aid created by A. E. Millward (1990). Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (June 2002). Revision history: July 26, 2005 - MSS 18, PC 71, TC 48 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15). Revised by N. Courrier (April 2019).

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