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E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings was an American poet born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and educated at Harvard. In his poetry, Cummings used innovations in language, punctuation, and typography. His most acknowledged work is in the collection "Poems 1923-1954".
Robert Duncan was born in Oakland, California. He was adopted with the name Robert Symmes in 1920 and reverted to Duncan in 1941. He was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. He edited "The Experimental Review", "Phoenix", The Berkeley Miscellany", all in Berkeley, between 1938 and 1949. He is known as a prolific poet, but also worked as a dramatist, teacher and editor. He helped establish the San Francisco Bay area as a major centre for poetry in the USA. He taught at Black Mountain College in 1956 and became known as one of the principal Black Mountain poets. After 1950, his work was closely associated with Charles Olsen, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov. He won many honours for his work including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1963. He died in San Francisco.
Gisele Freund was a photographer and writer who lived in Paris, France. Freund collaborated on the book "James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years" with V. B. Carleton (Verna).
Herbert Geddes was a manager for G.R. Gregg and Company, importers and exporters, in Vancouver and Winnipeg. He was sent to Japan and was based in Yokohama between 1908 and 1918. Geddes was manager for Gregg and Company in Vancouver until the mid 1950s.
David Michael Jones was an artist and poet of Welsh heritage. He was born in Kent and studied at Camberwell and Westminster Schools of Art and later worked with Eric Gill, both in England and in Wales. His literary works include "In Parenthesis"(1937), "The Anathemata"(1952), "The Sleeping Lord and other fragments"(1974), and "The Dying Gaul and other writings"(1978). He died in London. His manuscripts of "In Parenthesis","The Anathemata" and "The Sleeping Lord" along with his personal library are in The National Library of Wales. His drawings and painting are in various national galleries of art.
Born Warwick, England, elder daughter of Robert and Harriet (Lattimer) Hutton. Educated Warwick High School for Girls, obtaining her certificate "as a Student Certified by the University of Cambridge", in July 1909. She went to Edmonton, Alberta, in 1913 to visit a younger brother, and remained to marry Frederick Lyon Barrow. She did extensive volunteer work for the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, wartime canteen, etc. For many years she was an active member, of the I.O.D.E., Madelaine de Vercheres Chapter, Ottawa, holding various positions on the executive of that organization. She had organizational and administration abilities which, in a later age of "women's lib.", could have led to a successful career as, say, hotel manager. She played a good game of golf and badminton at the class "B" level. Her diaries are augmented by lengthy descriptive letters. Christened "Mary", she was also known as "May" or "Mem". In her diaries she refers to her husband as Lyon; L; "Fred," "F" or "Ph".
Frederick Lyon Barrow emigrated to Edmonton from England in 1904 with his parents. He married Mary Hutton in 1913. He began his career as an Adjustment Officer with the Great War Veterans' Association and Canadian Legion, and later became the first Departmental Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He and his wife travelled extensively, visiting about 40 countries together.
John Anthony (Tony) Connor was born in Salford, Lancashire, England and attended the University of Manchester. He is a poet, writer, and playwright. He was a friend of Robin Skelton, who facilitated the acquisition of this fonds.
Margaret Fletcher was born in Victoria, B.C. Her family owned and operated Fletcher Brothers store in Victoria. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in 1930, later studying to be a nurse. She served in the Canadian Army during World War II, at which time she worked in hospitals in Victoria and Nanaimo before being posted to England.