Sous-fonds SF05 - Victor Doyen Papers

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Victor Doyen Papers

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1.95 cm textual records

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Victor Doyen (b. 1942, d. 2018) was one of the preeminent Lowry scholars. He had a long and successful career in academia with a particular focus on Lowry’s work. His master’s thesis, Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry: An Ergocentric Approach, unpublished, was completed in 1963. His doctoral thesis, Fighting the Albatross of Self: A Genetic Study of the Literary Work of Malcolm Lowry, was published in 1973. He was a professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven from 1974-2002, reaching Professor Emeritus status and serving as vice-dean of the Arts Faculty and head of the English Department there before retirement. He received a grant from the Belgian Foundation for Scholarly Research to study the Lowry manuscripts at UBC in 1970, visited the University of California, Berkeley, as a Fullbright scholar in 1984, taught a graduate seminar on Lowry archives manuscript research in 1987, and presented at the 1987 Lowry Symposium (UBC), the 1997 Lowry Conference (University of Toronto), and 2017 Lowry Conference in England. He also published, co-wrote, and edited many landmark works of Lowry scholarship, including, but certainly not limited to, the critical editions of Lunar Caustic and Swinging the Maelstrom.

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The sous-fonds consists primarily of correspondence to and from Doyen, predominantly from early 1973. Contents include correspondence with publishers and agents who worked with Lowry (notably Conrad Aiken, Clarisse Francillon, and James Stern), Lowry’s brother Wilfrid Lowry, other Lowry scholars (including Brian O’Kill), the Leys School, which Lowry attended, and the Wallasey Public Libraries (Wallasey absorbed the town in which Lowry lived as a child). Also included is a copy of a newspaper article about the suicide of one of Lowry’s friends at Cambridge.

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