47 Glencairn Avenue
Toronto, November 11, 1957
The Canada Council – Category 10
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Sirs:

Mr. Ralph Gustafson is applying to the Canada Council for a full term fellowship in order to pursue work in poetry and fiction, and I have the greatest pleasure in supporting his application.

I have been familiar with him and his writings for nearly fifteen years, and I do not know anyone in the whole Canadian field more able in respect to versatility. It has always been a delight to watch his performance measure up to his project. He is as good a critic as he is a creative artist – a bird of rare plumage nowadays.

Again with pleasure,
Yours sincerely,
E.J. Pratt

Canada Council
The Canada Council had been established by an act of Parliament in March 1957. Gustafson was entering its first competition, applying for a 'special' fellowship for 'scholars and workers of distinction in the arts.'