Fonds SC036 - Allen Bell fonds

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Allen Bell fonds

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CA UVICARCH SC036

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  • 1985 - 1995 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records

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Allen Bell was born in Edmonton Alberta. He taught in the English Departments of the University of Saskatoon, the University of British Columbia, and Selkirk College. He has written 3 novels and 4 poetry manuscripts. Since 1985 he has worked with Atom Egoyan on the screenplays of most of the director's feature films, including the 1997 Cannes winner, The Sweet Hereafter. He currently resides in Victoria, B.C.

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The fonds consists of typescripts of an unpublished novel "The Harmless Snake"; 3 unpublished books of poetry: "The Simon Poems", "Thy Harry's Company", "A Motley to the View"; typescript copies of five Egoyan screenplays (reworked by Bell) including: "Family Viewing" (1987) in 3 drafts; "Speaking Parts" (1989) in 5 drafts; The Adjuster (1991) 1 draft, "Exotica" (1995) 1 draft (not reworked by Bell) and "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) in 3 drafts; some additional holograph notes and a notebook regarding the scripts and correspondence from Atom Egoyan to Bell 1985-1995 regarding the films. Additionally, there is correspondence from Irving Layton and others.

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Poetry mss. and novel ms. by Mr. Bell to be used only with Mr. Bell's permission. Unrestricted access to copies of the screenplays, but photocopies of screenplays subject to Mr. Bell's approval.

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Atom Egoyan has given his personal papers to the Film Reference Library, a division of the Toronto International Festival group.

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allen-bell-fonds-2

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Revised by JF, June 14, 2013.

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  • English

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