Fonds AR043 - Charles Doyle fonds

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Charles Doyle fonds

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  • 1954-1990 (Creation)
    Doyle, Charles, 1928-2016

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3 m of textual records

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Charles Desmond Doyle was born in Birmingham, England, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He taught at Victoria University and the University of Auckland during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was Visiting Fellow in American Studies at Yale University in 1967-1968. In 1968, he was appointed Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria.

Doyle often published under the name Charles Doyle or Mike Doyle. His work includes a number of volumes of poetry and literary criticism, including a biography of American poet William Carlos Williams, ""William Carlos Williams and the American Poem" (Macmillan, 1982); and a biography of British poet Richard Aldington, "Richard Aldington: A Biography" (Macmillan, 1989). Doyle received the UNESCO Creative Artists Fellowship for poetry in 1957, the Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1966, as well as numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Fonds consists of records predominately related to various aspects of Doyle's professional life as a published poet and literary critic, as well as his teaching and committee work at the University of Victoria. Included are research materials, correspondences, and drafts for Doyle's biography of Richard Aldington, "Rachard Aldington: A Biography" (Macmillan, 1989); his biography of American poet William Carlos Williams, "William Carlos Williams and the American Poem" (Macmillan, 1982); his publication on James K. Baxter, "James K. Baxter" (Twayne Publishers, 1976); his "Earth Meditations" poetry; and manuscripts from the poetry journal "Tuatara" for which Doyle served as editor. University of Victoria related records include course notes,1981-88; and committee papers from the Committee on Alternatives for British Columbia (CABC),1983-1985 and the End the Arms Race Committee, 1983-86.

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1988-022, 1992-066, 1994-011

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rev. 2021-09-17

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  • English

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