Alden Nowlan fonds
MG L 2
Archives and Special Collection Department
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 7500
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H5
Alden Nowlan fonds. -- 1958-1962 -- 5.1 cm of textual
History: Poet Alden Nowlan was
born at Windsor, Nova Scotia on 25 January 1933. Largely
self-educated, Nowlan was named writer-in-residence at the University
of New Brunswick, Fredericton in 1968 and held that post until his
death in 1983. The university awarded him an honourary Doctor
Letters degree in 1971.
Nowlan’s poems, largely about
ordinary people, received popular acclaim in his day. In 1967 his
Bread, Wine and
Salt won the Governor General’s Award. Other works include Playing the Jesus Game
(1970) and Between
Tears and Laughter (1971). Nowlan also wrote plays, short
stories, a novel and a column for the Saint John Telegraph Journal.
While at UNB Nowlan, with St. Thomas
University professor Leo Ferrari and writer Raymond Fraser, organized
The Flat Earth Society of Canada. Attempting to promote critical
thinking, the society disputed one thing that “scientific Western
civilization” considers indisputable -- namely, that the earth is
round. Nowlan wrote several tractates for the society which set
out its views. He also worked with the Roosevelt Campobello
International Park Commission, writing the book, Campobello: The Outer
Island. Alden Nowlan died at Fredericton on 27 June 1983.
Canadian Encyclopedia, 1988
Brunswick Authors, 1984
Scope and content: This fonds documents the literary career
of Alden Nowlan. It includes rough drafts of poems and two short
stories as well as galley proofs of short stories and typescripts of
poems written at Hartland and Saint John, NB between 1958 and 1962.
The fonds also includes copies of
tributes to Nowlan, copies of published volumes, copies of articles by
Nowlan, and reviews of his works.
This fonds consists of 4 series:
1. Manuscripts (poetry, stories)
2. Typescripts (poems)
3. Galley proofs (short stories)
4. Printed matter
Title: Title based on content of the fonds.
of Acquisition: Purchased from
Alden Nowlan on 20 June 1966.
Governing Publication: All
publication rights are retained by Claudine Nowlan.
Finding Aids: An item level inventory is available.
Associated Material: The University of
Calgary Libraries, Special Collections Division, hold ca. 14.5 m
(19,500 items) of Alden
Nowlan material. See: "The Alden Nowlan Papers:
an Inventory of the Archive at the University of Calgary Libraries."
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Last Update: 26/03/2007