Fonds UBCA-ARC-1012 - Earle Birney fonds

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Earle Birney fonds

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  • 1948-1952, 1961 (Creation)

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19.5 cm of textual records

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The fonds consists of the original typescript and proofs of Trial of a City and drafts and page proofs of Turvey. The manuscripts date from 1948 to 1952. Included is some correspondence between Birney and Stephen Vicinczey and a poem that Birney submitted to Vicinczey's magazine Exchange.

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The drafts of "Turvey" are a combination of the first drafts and revisions; in some cases, as many as three drafts are discernable. It was not possible to arrange the sheets as a first draft and revised texts because, in many cases, Birney used the backs of the first draft sheets for his later revisions, and many first draft sheets are missing. Therefore they have been arranged as a run of preliminary drafts, the result being a mixture of amended first draft, second and third drafts. This arrangement closely approximates the original order in which the manuscripts were received -- presumably the order from which the fourth draft was taken. The fourth draft is self-explanatory, except that there is no Chapter III. Birney's pagination indicates that there was a Chapter II, pages numbering from 3-1-3- to 3-6-36. The material relating to "Trial of a City" consists of a typescript, galley proof and page proof.
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Researchers are strongly advised to check with the University Archives regarding permission to publish or otherwise use materials from this fonds.

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Related materials can be found in the Esther Birney fonds and the Prism International fonds.


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The Vicinczey correspondence was found among other unrelated materials and added to the fonds in 2010.
For more biographical information see Birney's UBC honorary degree citation.

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