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Cyril James Fox fonds
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C. J. Fox fonds
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CA UVICARCH SC404
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1920 - 2008 (Creation)
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7 m of textual records and other material
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C.J. Fox was born in St. Johns, Nfld. and was educated at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Oxford and Columbia Universities. He began his career in Montreal with the Canadian Press. In the 1950's-1960's, he lived & worked in New York, where he began collecting Wyndham Lewis materials. C. J. Fox was editor, with Walter Michael, of 'Wyndham Lewis on Art' (Thames & Hudson, 1971) and with Robert T. Chapman, of a collection of short fiction by Lewis, 'Unlucky for Pringle' (Vision Press, 1973). He also edited 'Enemy Salvoes (Vision Press, 1975), a selection of Lewis's literary criticism. He is a former editor of the newsletter of the Wyndham Lewis Society and has published articles on David Jones, Karl Kraus and Robinson Jeffers, as well as reviewing for the magazine, 'PN Review'. He worked as a correspondent in London, Paris and Brussels for the Canadian Press news agency and was an editor in London with Reuters until 1994. He later retired to Canada and currently lives in Victoria, B.C.
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The fonds consists of four series:
Series 1: The Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) series is a subject file compiled and arranged by C. J. Fox related to the Wyndham Lewis biography his writing and his art. It contains photocopies of several Lewis manuscripts and typescripts (some unpublished) and correspondence, articles, clippings, lectures, obituaries, reviews on Lewis and his books. There are photographs of Wyndham Lewis and his art, and correspondence to CJF with Froanna (Gladys Anne Wyndham Lewis) and other writers: Richard Aldington, Roy Campbell, about T.S. Eliot with Valerie Eliot; photocopies of Ezra Pound's war letters to Lewis), V.S. Pritchett, Kathleen Raine, Martin Seymour-Smith and George Woodcock. Correspondence with other critics and editors include: Walter Allen, Elliott Baker, D.G. Bridson, Robert Chapman, Geoffrey Grigson, Frank Kermode, Hugh Kenner, Bernard Lafoucade, Jeffrey Meyers, Paul O'Keefe, Hugh Gordon Porteous, W.K. Rose and E.W. F. Tomlin. There are also correspondence with WL art collector: Walter Michel and WL book collector Hugh Anson-Cartwright as well as file on artist and friend of WL, Michael Ayrton. There is also correspondence, book reviews, clippings and photocopies about specific publications, such as The Art of Being Ruled, The Apes of God and the C.J. Fox edited, Journey into Barbary. This is correspondence with people who Fox contacted or collaborated with. There are files on some of CJF's Lewis-related activities, such as exhibitions and publications and on particular subjects such as Wyndham Lewis in Canada (which includes letters from Lord Beaverbrook, Paul Martin Senior, Alex Colville, A.Y. Jackson to C.J. Fox), Notting Hill Gate (the "Rotting Hill" exhibition on three great men), World War I and Vorticism.
Series 2: the General series consists of more subject files containing correspondence, typescripts, manuscripts, photographs and research material pertaining to the other authors in the collection: Richard Aldington (including RA correspondence with A.S. Frere (photocopies) and files on Aldington's relations with Hilda Doolittle and T.E. Lawrence. There is also CJF correspondence about Aldington with Norman T Gates, Alison Palmer, E.G Roberts and David Wilkinson. This series also includes files on other writers collected by CJF: C.M Doughty, Ford Maddox Ford, Paul Fussell, Germans (Ernst Junger and Gottfried Benn), Xavier Herbert, Samuel Hynes, Robinson Jeffers, David Jones (including correspondence with Kathleen Raine and Bill Blisset), Hugh MacDiarmid, Graham McInnes, H.L Mencken and Ambrose Bierce, C.E Montague, Lewis Namier, Donald Pearce, William H. Pritchard, Alan Ross, Edmund Wilson and David Wright with more extensive correspondence files between CJF with C.H. Sisson and Julian Symons.
Series 3: The Miscellaneous series consists of clippings, correspondence and other enclosures removed from the Fox book collection and several audio cassettes including Lewis's "Crisis" talk on BBC Radio, a BBC reading by Timothy West from Blasting and Bombardiering and a radio dramatization of The Human Age.
Series 4: Wyndham Lewis related drawings and paintings collected by C.J Fox consists of art work of Wyndham Lewis and Michael Ayrton and Robert Colquhoun collected by Cy Fox. Some are reproductions of book jacket designs, WL paintings and posters produced for Wyndham Lewis exhibitions. There are also two artefacts. WL's table and ash tray which are shown in WL painting of Ezra Pound.
The fonds also consists of material pertaining to The Percy Wyndham Lewis Exhibition at Rugby School; a photograph of Cy Fox; an obituary for Maisie Wyndham Neil; research files pertaining to Wyndham Lewis, Ernst Junger, Corinne McLuhan, Vorticism, and Ezra Pound; a promotional video for The Lion and the Fox Exhibition; material pertaining to the National Portrait Gallery exhibition "Wyndham Lewis Portraits".
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The catalogue from the exhibit "The Lion and the Fox: Art and Literary Works by Wyndham Lewis from the C.J. Fox Collection" is also available: http://www.uvic.ca/library/locations/home/spcoll/documents/fox_exhibit_catalogue.pdf
Includes ca. 500 photographs: multiple processes; 17 cm of artwork: watercolour drawings, ink on paper, pencil on paper; 34 audio cassettes.
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Revised by JF, June 24, 2013.
Finding aid added by JF, August 28, 2019.
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