Fonds UBCA-ARC-1529 - Seymour Levitan fonds

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Seymour Levitan fonds

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14 audio recordings.

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Seymour Levitan was born in Philadelphia in 1936. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961 but missed the Vietnam war. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to join the Department of English at UBC, where he taught from 1966 to 1972. In addition to his work teaching English, Levitan also became well-known as a translator and editor of Yiddish poems and stories. Paper Roses, his selection and translation of Rachel Korn's poetry, was the 1988 winner of the Robert Payne Award of the Translation Center at Columbia University. He also helped organize the Jewish Film Festival and the Chelm Film Series.

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Fonds consists of 14 reel-to-reel audio tape recordings, including 13 recordings of poetry readings and lectures at UBC by various people, the most prominent being Allen Ginsberg, and one recording of German 120 course material by Dr. Marketa Goetz.

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Donated by Seymour and Alberta Levitan, care of Jacob Faber, in June 2019.


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Audio is located in the Archives vault AT 3988-4001; please ask archives staff for access.

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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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