Fonds UBCA-ARC-1130 - George Woodcock fonds

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George Woodcock fonds

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8 cm of textual records.

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George Woodcock was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised and educated in England, where, in the late 1930s, he met many members of London's literary circle, including Dylan Thomas, Roy Campbell, Herbert Read and George Orwell. Woodcock returned to Canada in 1949 and joined UBC's Department of English seven years later. He became editor of the newly-formed journal Canadian Literature and served until his retirement in 1977. In Canada, Woodcock is best known as a poet, critic, dramatist and social commentator, while in England, he is recognized as an author of travel books, political commentator and biographer. Throughout his career, Woodcock has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.

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The fonds consists of copies of radio scripts from Woodcock's radio broadcasts, correspondence with George Orwell and poet Lance Godwin, and examples of Woodcock's early poetry.

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The radio scripts and Orwell correspondence were acquired directly from George Woodcock in the 1970s. The remaining materials were purchased from manuscripts dealer Kent Godwin in 2019.


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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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The majority of George Woodcock's papers are held at Queen's University Archives.

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