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1940

letter to Arthur Phelps [praise for his CBC broadcast]

3 February 1940

publication of "Fire-Worship." Saturday Night 55, (3 February 1940), 1

15 February 1940

telegram to Madge Macbeth [resolution of the Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors' Association opposing the amalgamation of The Canadian Bookman and The Canadian Author]

Spring 1940

tries single-handedly to assemble the spring number of Canadian Poetry Magazine

23 March 1940

letter to Madge Macbeth [invitation to dinner of Toronto branch of Canadian Authors' Association]

27 March 1940

letter to Leo Cox [request for work from Montreal poets]

April 1940

letter to Leo Cox [request for biographical material on various poets]

29 April 1940

shocked and saddened by the premature death of Hugh Eayrs; is pallbearer at Eayrs's funeral

May 1940

publication of review of Fancy Free, by Carol Coates. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 4, No. 4 (May 1940), 47

early May 1940

returns to Brébeuf and His Brethren after recovering from death of Hugh Eayrs

3 May 1940

letter to Leslie Barnard [thanks for letter of condolence after death of Hugh Eayrs]

mid-May 1940

submits typescript of Brébeuf and His Brethren to Father Penfold for suggestions and corrections

submits typescript of Brébeuf and His Brethren to Macmillan

14 May 1940

attends publisher's conference at Macmillan to discuss Brébeuf and His Brethren

letter to Viola Pratt [early June deadline for Brébeuf and His Brethren]

20 May 1940

accepts the Lorne Pierce Medal for Literature at the session of the Royal Society in London, Ontario

22 May 1940

works on final revisions and additions to Brébeuf and His Brethren

radio bulletins from France inspire the sonnet "Dunkirk" and, later, the narrative poem Dunkirk

early June 1940

submits final typescript of Brébeuf and His Brethren

4 June 1940

letter to R.J. Evans (Brandon College) [letter of recommendation for Desmond Pacey]

5 June 1940

Dr. Clarence Chant, astrophysicist and Director of Toronto's Dunlap Observatory, whom EJP had consulted concerning Brébeuf and His Brethren, confirms the accuracy of Brébeuf's claim to have predicted a total lunar eclipse

7 June 1940

letter to Lorne Pierce [thanks for congratulations on award of the Lorne Pierce Gold Medal; publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

letter to Ellen Elliott [jacket blurb for Brébeuf and His Brethren]

17 June 1940

letter to Leslie McFarlane [praise for McFarlane's short story "The Voice of Oomph"]

18 June 1940

letter to Lorne Pierce [publication of Ike Newell's "The Ox's Gift"]

21 June 1940

letter to G.H. Clarke [Clarke's work on Shakespeare; Earle Birney's poetry]

1 July 1940

letter to Leo Cox [acceptance of poems by Frank Oliver Call]

4 July 1940

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston; war news; publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

7 July 1940

letter to Claire Pratt [living and teaching arrangements in Kingston]

10 July 1940

letter to Claire Pratt [encouragement to write]

15 July 1940

publication of "Dunkirk." Maclean's, 53 (15 July 1940), 20

publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren. Toronto: Macmillan, 1940

reviews positive, especially those by William Arthur Deacon and Pelham Edgar

19 July 1940

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's academic progress; preparing lecture on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

letter to Pelham Edgar [publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

22 July 1940

letter to Viola Pratt [concern over the conclusion of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

23 July 1940

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [publicity and marketing of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

28 July 1940

discusses and reads passages from Brébeuf and His Brethren at the Sunday Evening Summer Lecture Series at Queen's University's Grant Hall

29 July 1940

letter to Viola Pratt [Kingston lecture on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

1 August 1940

discusses "The Ice-Floes" and "Carlo" with Education students

7 August 1940

letter to Viola Pratt [Pelham Edgar's praise for Brébeuf and His Brethren]

letter to Earle Birney [request for material for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

mid-August to early July 1940

teaches summer school courses at Queen's University, Kingston

15 August 1940

letter to Pelham Edgar [note of thanks (review of Brébeuf and His Brethren in the Ottawa Journal)]

27 August 1940

letter to Lorne Pierce [sales of Brébeuf and His Brethren; letter of recommendation for Mary Gibson]

31 August 1940

letter to Charles Clay [note of thanks (review of Brébeuf and His Brethren)]

letter to Leo Cox [publication of Cox's poem "Spring" in Canadian Poetry Magazine]

September 1940

publication of "Dunkirk." Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5 (September 1940), 26

12 September 1940

letter to Ralph Gustafson [plans to publish Gustafson's poem "For We Are Free" in Canadian Poetry Magazine]

publication of review of Postlude to an Era, by Verna Loveday Harden. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5, No. 1 (September 1940), 45-46

early Autumn 1940

writes "Come Away, Death" and "The Invaded Field" after reading reports on the Battle of Britain

9 October 1940

letter to E.K. Brown [selections for Canadian issue of Poetry (Chicago)]

mid-October 1940

informed that third printing of Brébeuf and His Brethren required; proposes revised ending in limited edition

15 October 1940

letter to Arthur Bourinot [accepts Bourinot's 'Rhapsody' for CPM]

letter to Lorne Pierce [invitation to reading of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

28 October 1940

letter to Ellen Elliott [plans for pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

29 October 1940

letter to Lorne Pierce [date of reading of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

November 1940

letter to E.K. Brown [complimentary tickets to reading of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

14 November 1940

publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren. Toronto: Macmillan, 1940. 2nd rev. limited edition

late November 1940

comes down with severe attack of influenza which keeps him absent from classes for several weeks

21 November 1940

reads from, and discusses Brébeuf and His Brethren at the Victoria College Chapel

22 November 1940

letter to Pelham Edgar [note of thanks (Edgar's assistance at reading of Brébeuf and His Brethren)]

23 November 1940

letter to C.G.D. Roberts [Roberts' article on Bliss Carman for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

4 December 1940

letter to F.R. Scott [sales of New Provinces: Poems of Several Authors]

14 December 1940

attends public book signing for Brébeuf and His Brethren at the Simpson's Book Department

19 December 1940

letter to Walter McRaye [gift copy of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

30 December 1940

letter to G.H. Clarke [praise for Clarke's article on Hamlet and thanks for review of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

1941

awarded Governor-General's Medal for Brébeuf and His Brethren

publication of Preface and notes to Heroic Tales in Verse. St. Martin's Classics. Toronto: Macmillan, 1941, v-x, 207-217

Winter 1941

judges selections for C.G.D. Roberts' anthology Voices of Victory but resigns after Roberts reinstates poems rejected by the judging panel

16 January 1941

letter to Ralph Gustafson [copyright difficulties of inclusion in Gustafson's The Anthology of Canadian Poetry]

17 January 1941

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [teaching post at Queen's University]

letter to E.K. Brown [Canadian issue of Poetry (Chicago)]

25 January 1941

meets E.K. Brown at Hart House to complete discussion regarding Poetry's special Canadian issue

31 January 1941

letter to Ralph Gustafson [submission of poems not under Macmillan copyright for The Anthology of Canadian Poetry: "Still Life," "The Radio in the Ivory Tower," "The Impatient Earth," and "The Old Eagle"]

4 February 1941

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [invitation to lunch when MacKinnon next comes to Toronto]

5 February 1941

letter to Ralph Gustafson [relationship with Macmillan; copyright fees]

19 February 1941

gives public lecture, "Source Material for Contemporary Verse," at Alumni Hall in Victoria College for the Victoria College Council

13 March 1941

publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren. Toronto: Macmillan, 1941. 3rd edition

19 March 1941

letter to Watson Kirkconnell [family background]

28 March 1941

takes part in the annual Canadian Poetry Night at the Heliconian Club

29 March 1941

letter to A.J.M. Smith [note of congratulations (Guggenheim Fellowship)]

April 1941

publication in Poetry, 58 (April 1941) of:

publication of review of The Flying Bull and Other Tales, by Watson Kirkconnell and Poems, by Carol Cassidy. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5, No. 3 (April 1941), 53-55

publication of "Canadian Poetry Night." Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5, No. 3 (April 1941), 5-6 [editorial]

8 April 1941

letter to A.J.M. Smith [publication of Smith's "Ode: On the Death of William Butler Yeats" in Canadian Poetry Magazine]

10 April 1941

letter to Emma Moffitt [publication of Mary Vallentyne's "St. Anne's" in Canadian Poetry Magazine]

24 April 1941

letter to G.H. Clarke [Royal Society meeting; has written nothing since Brébeuf and His Brethren]

15 May 1941

letter to Ralph Gustafson [Gustafson's award from Canadian Poetry Magazine for "For We Are Free"]

19 May 1941

letter to Ralph Gustafson [Gustafson's waiving of prize money; praise for Gustafson's Epithalamium in Time of War]

late May to early June 1941

commissioned to write a prologue and interspersed readings for Gabriel Pascal's film treatment of Paul Gallico's Dunkirk novelette The Snow Goose; works on it simultaneously with the writing of Dunkirk

23 May 1941

letter to John Hagedorn [availability of volumes of poetry]

Summer 1941

does not teach at Queen's because of declining enrollment

devotes the summer to writing Dunkirk, inspired by radio reports

26 June 1941

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [invitation to speak to The Maritime Women's Club of Montreal]

2 July 1941

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [lecture arrangements]

14 July 1941

letter to Father Murphy [acceptance of invitation to speak in the "Canadian Culture Series" at Assumption College (Windsor)]

August 1941

publication of review of The King Who Loved Old Clothes, by Arthur Stringer. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5, No. 4 (August 1941), 43-45

publication of review of Lords of the Air, by A.M. Stephen, and of Victoria Poetry Chapbook, 1941-1942. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 5, No. 4 (August 1941), 44-45

5 August 1941

letter to George Dillon [response to invitation to submit poems to Poetry (Chicago); importance of the magazine to him; should be finished Dunkirk "within two weeks"]

8 August 1941

letter to Pelham Edgar [Dunkirk "just about finished"; progress of pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

9 August 1941

letter to Eugenie Perry [missing the Canadian Authors' Association convention]

letter to C.G.D. Roberts [Praises Roberts' war poem, 'France,' which would appear in CPM (September 1941)]

late August 1941

completes Dunkirk

26 August 1941

letter to George Dillon [Dunkirk "just completed"; submitting two abridged versions to Poetry (Chicago)]

28 August 1941

letter to Father Murphy [sends photograph and biography]

10 September 1941

postcard to Viola Pratt [mice]

postcard to Claire Pratt [mice]

12 September 1941

postcard to Viola Pratt [mice]

postcard to Claire Pratt [mice]

15 September 1941

letter to George Dillon [acceptance of "From Dunkirk" for Poetry (Chicago)]

letter to C.G.D. Roberts [submission of selection from Dunkirk to Flying Colours anthology]

late September 1941

meets A.J.M. Smith, who is in Toronto to find a publisher for his Canadian poetry anthology The Book of Canadian Poetry

17 September 1941

letter to A.J.M. Smith [visit to Toronto]

19 September 1941

letter to Miss Udell, (Poetry (Chicago) [revisions to proofs of "From Dunkirk"]

Autumn 1941

agrees to work as consultant to composer Healey Willan and an advisory group to create a pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren to be presented at Martyrs' Shrine

22 September 1941

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [lecture topic]

23 September 1941

letter to W.E. Collin [invitation to a dinner with A.J.M. Smith]

October 1941

dinner with Earle Birney, A.J.M. Smith, Robert Finch, Roberton Davies, and Claude Bissell in attendance

publication of excerpts from Dunkirk in Poetry, 59 (October 1941), 10-15

early October 1941

disappointed by Macmillan's decision, because of rising production costs, to publish Dunkirk itself as a slim monograph rather than as part of a larger collection including short lyrics

3 October 1941

letter to Lorne Pierce [publication of Dunkirk]

4 October 1941

reads from Dunkirk to Poetry Group of Toronto Branch of Canadian Authors' Association

7 October 1941

letter to Ellen Elliott [production and copyright of Dunkirk]

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [travel arrangements for lecture]

letter to Leo Cox [lecture schedule]

8 October 1941

attends choral recitation at YWCA under the direction of British-born actress and elocutionist Cécile de Banke

letter to A.J.M. Smith [publication of Dunkirk; review of Canadian issue of Poetry (Chicago)]

11 October 1941

letter to Eugenie Perry [acceptance of "Bergamot" for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

23 October 1941

publication of Dunkirk. Toronto: Macmillan, 1941

reviews in Canada an U.S. very positive; sales excellent

late October 1941

photograph of autographing party for Dunkirk

31 October 1941

meets Cécile de Banke at dinner at the University Women's Club; she expresses an interest in Dunkirk and Brébeuf and His Brethren; wants to include Brébeuf in a recital

3 November 1941

letter to Leo Cox [lecture schedule]

4 November 1941

letter to E.K. Brown [sales of Dunkirk]

5 November 1941

reads from Dunkirk at Victoria College

11 November 1941

discusses the composition of Dunkirk at National Book Fair

leaves for Montreal

reading of Dunkirk by Leonard Brockington broadcast by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

12 November 1941

reads Dunkirk to the Maritime Women's Club in Montreal

13 November 1941

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [note of thanks (visit)]

letter to A.J.M. Smith [trip to Montreal; radio broadcast of Dunkirk]

letter to Leo Cox [request for book reviews]

mid-November 1941

letter to Leslie and Mrs Barnard [thanks for their hospitality during his visit to Montreal]

24 November 1941

guest of honour at a recital of Dunkirk by Cécile de Banke at the Harbord Collegiate Auditorium

programme for the recital

late November 1941

letter to Leo Cox [Cox's prospects for Governor General's Award for North Star]

late November 1941

letter to Ellen Elliott [submission of Dunkirk to Macmillan (U.S.)]

30 November 1941

reads Dunkirk at the Trinity Church in Toronto

December 1941

publication of "Special Editorial Notice." Canadian Poetry Magazine, 6, No. 1 (December 1941), 11 [editorial]

publication of review of Contemporary Verse: A Canadian Quarterly. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 6, No. 1 (December 1941), 46

early December 1941

letter to Leo Cox [editorial changes to Cox's reviews]

2 December 1941

letter to Ellen Elliott [problem with printing of Dunkirk; marketing Dunkirk in the United States]

10 December 1941

publication of "Dunkirk." New World Illustrated (December 10, 1941), 7

23 December 1941

letter to A.M. Klein [note of thanks (review of Dunkirk)]

24 December 1941

letter to Cécile de Banke [note of thanks (recital of Dunkirk); poem into fourth printing]

1942

publication of excerpt from letter Night Is Ended, Thoughts in Lyric, by Joseph S. Wallace. Winnipeg: Contemporary Pub., 1942. 7

Winter 1942

publication of "The Stoics." Queen's Quarterly, 49 (Winter 1942), 344

13 January 1942

letter to John Hagedorn [request for first edition of Dunkirk]

3 February 1942

letter to Mr. Blackshaw [response to a request for manuscripts]

3 March 1942

letter to Father Murphy [travel plans for lecture at Assumption College (Windsor)]

7 March 1942

letter to Wilfrid Eggleston [lecture topics]

17 March 1942

letter to Ralph Gustafson [suggestions for Gustafson's anthology Canadian Accent]

letter to Father Murphy [thank you for hospitality]

Spring 1942

probably begins "The Truant"

23 March 1942

speaks to the Monday Club in Ottawa and to the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Authors' Association

26 March 1942

letter to Wilfrid Eggleston [note of thanks (kindness during visit to Ottawa)]

13 April 1942

letter to Ralph Gustafson [rights to "Come Away, Death"; praise for A.J.M. Smith; Earle Birney; Leon Edel]

20 April 1942

letter to E.K. Brown [questions for Brown's article in Gustafson's anthology Canadian Accent, with answers and comments on publishing and academic history]

21 April 1942

letter to E.K. Brown [sources of Brébeuf and His Brethren; writing habits]

c. 22 April 1942

letter to E.K. Brown [archaeological work at Martyrs' Shrine]

May 1942

letter to E.K. Brown [composition of The Roosevelt and the Antinoe]

2 May 1942

letter to E.K. Brown [biographical notes]

letter to Ralph Gustafson [selections for A Little Anthology of Canadian Poets]

6 May 1942

letter to Watson Kirkconnell [request for biographical information]

late May to mid-June 1942

A.J.M. Smith in Toronto

30 May 1942

letter to George Dillon [financial crisis of Poetry (Chicago)]

letter to E.K. Brown [praise for Brown's article "Letters in Canada: Poetry (1941)"]

early June 1942

writes "Heydrich" and "Autopsy on a Sadist (After Lidice)" after listening to reports of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and the retaliatory destruction of the village of Lidice

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's university marks]

9 June 1942

letter to Lorne Pierce [blurb for Earle Birney's David and Other Poems]

mid-June 1942

begins serious work on "The Truant"

15 June 1942

letter to Ralph Gustafson [success of Anthology of Canadian Poetry (English)]

20 June 1942

publication of "Heydrich." Saturday Night, 57 (20 June 1942), 14

letter to Lorne Pierce [support for Smith's The Book of Canadian Poetry]

28 June 1942

letter to Leo Cox [anger at award of the Governor-General's Medal to Anne Marriott's Calling Adventurers rather than to Cox's North Star]

letter to Lorne Pierce [frustration with Ottawa branch's control of Canadian Authors' Association]

2 July 1942

letter to Eugenie Perry [frustration with National Executive of the Canadian Authors' Association]

15 July 1942

letter to A.J.M. Smith [notes on poems to be included in The Book of Canadian Poetry; support for A.M. Klein's application for a Guggenheim Fellowship]

22 July 1942

letter to W.E. Collin [plans for Fall (unspecified)]

27 July 1942

letter to Eugenie Perry [critical comment on Perry's "Hearing a Far Call"]

mid-August 1942

completes "The Truant" and writes "Father Time"

19 August 1942

letter to Lorne Pierce [scheduling a Canadian Authors' Association committee meeting]

26 August 1942

letter to George Dillon [submissions to Poetry (Chicago), including "The Truant," "finished last week"; poetry scene in Canada; financial advice]

September 1942

with Pratt's support, Watson Kirkconnell replaces Madge Macbeth as National President and Charles Clay replaces Eric Gaskell as Secretary at the Canadian Authors' Association convention in Montreal

1 September 1942

letter to Pelham Edgar [abandonment of pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren and of The Snow Goose; regret at Edgar's move to Ottawa]

14 September 1942

letter to Father Murphy [acceptance of invitation to speak at Assumption College and at C.C.A. in Detroit]

Autumn 1942

brief American tour for Wartime Information Board focussing on Brébeuf and His Brethren

letter to Lorne Pierce [returning copy of Earle Birney's David and Other Poems]

1 October 1942

publication of Brébeuf and His Brethren. Detroit: Basilian, 1942. 4th edition

2 October 1942

letter to A.J.M. Smith [securing a publisher for The Book of Canadian Poetry]

5 October 1942

letter to W.E. Collin [acceptance of Collin's translation of an article by Sylvestre for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

29 October 1942

letter to A.J.M. Smith [interest of University of Toronto Press in publishing The Book of Canadian Poetry]

November 1942

relieved of all academic responsibilities for two months after being diagnosed with nervous exhaustion, high blood pressure, and a mild degree of arteriosclerosis

W.A. Deacon implies in his Globe and Mail column that EJP suffered a heart attack

resigns from Canadian Poetry Magazine and withdraws from the Canadian Authors' Association

15 November 1942

letter to Lorne Pierce [request that he moderate permission fees for poems to be included in Smith's The Book of Canadian Poetry; health problems]

letter to A.J.M. Smith [report on letter to Pierce concerning permission fees; selection of Pratt's poems]

18 November 1942

letter to Ralph Gustafson [response to request for submissions to Voices; praise for Lyrics Unromantic]

21 November 1942

letter to Cécile de Banke [pleased with news that choral reading of Dunkirk to be broadcast by American radio station]

30 November 1942

letter to A.J.M. Smith [permission fees for The Book of Canadian Poetry]

December 1942

publication of "The Truant." Canadian Forum, 22 (December 1942), 264-265

1 December 1942

a choral reading of Dunkirk by Cécile de Banke's choir at Wellesley College is broadcast by American radio station

7 December 1942

letter to A.J.M. Smith [acting as a reader of The Book of Canadian Poetry for Gage Press; selection of poems by Pratt; permission fees]

9 December 1942

letter to Margaret Wilton [suggested revisions to poems submitted to Canadian Poetry Magazine]

December 1942

letter to Roy Daniells [greetings]

c. 1943

photograph of EJP delivering a formal lecture

1943

publication of foreword to Photography, a Craft and Creed, by Sir Ellsworth Flavelle. Toronto: Ryerson, 1943, [2 pp.]

11 January 1943

letter to Arthur Phelps [appreciation of cartoons drawn by Phelps' daughter Ann]

12 January 1943

letter to G.H. Clarke [nomination for Lorne Pierce Medal]

letter to Leo Cox [accepting "Night Wind": requesting help in soliciting poems from P.K. Page]

16 January 1943

letter to Pelham Edgar [description of a missing letter addressed to Edgar and Harry Osborne; request for a review of Birney's David]

letter to A.J.M. Smith [addresses of writers; enclosing "The Old Eagle"]

26 January 1943

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [rejecting offer of Headship of Department of English at Queen's University]

16 February 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [progress of The Book of Canadian Poetry; frustration with the Canadian Poetry Magazine]

24 February 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [inclusion of Wilson MacDonald in anthology]

March 1943

reads from and discusses Brébeuf and His Brethren in Detroit, at a meeting sponsored by Basilian Press, American publishers of the book

publication of "Saint-Denys-Garneau's World of Spiritual Communion" Canadian Poetry Magazine, 6, No. 4 (March 1943), 5-6 [editorial]

publication of review of David and Other Poems, by Earle Birney. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 6, No. 4 (March 1943), 34-35

13 March 1943

publication of "Father Time." Saturday Night, 58 (13 March 1943), 12

16 March 1943

letter to George Herbert Clarke [offer of congratulations - possibly for the Lorne Pierce Medal]

19 March 1943

letter to Pelham Edgar [sending manuscript]

Spring 1943

refuses Pierce's request to write a promotional statement for Elsie Pomeroy's biography of C.G.D. Roberts

publication of "Autopsy on a Sadist (After Lidice)." Voices, 113 (Spring 1943), 15

publication of "The Truant." Voices, 113 (Spring 1943), 10-15

29 March 1943

letter to Lorne Pierce [impressions of The Book of Canadian Poetry]

5 April 1943

letter to Merrill Denison [praise for Denison's Klondike Mike]

12 April 1943

letter to Cécile de Banke [de Banke's recital of Dunkirk; sales of Dunkirk and Brébeuf and His Brethren]

letter to W.E. Collin [favourable response to Collin's translation in Canadian Poetry Magazine of an essay by Sylvestre]

29 April 1943

letter to Lorne Pierce [blurb for Dorothy Livesay's Day and Night]

11 May 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [health problems; unwillingness to take on Wartime Information Board lecture tour]

13 May 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [Smith's candidacy for Head of English Department at Queen's University]

mid-May 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [plans for party for E.K. and Peggy Brown]

1 June 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [G.B. Harrison to be appointed Head of English Department at Queen's University]

9 June 1943

letter to A.M. Klein [praise for Klein's The Hitleriad]

letter to Pelham Edgar [illness; humorous article by Pratt in Acta Victoriana]

Summer 1943

revises "The Truant" and updates "Still Life" with stanzas on the Russian war dead and the campaigns in North Africa, Greece, and Sicily

writes "The Brawler in Who's Who" and "Der Fuehrer's Pot-Pourri"

22 June 1943

attends inaugural meeting of National Council for Canadian-Soviet Friendship in Toronto as "patron"

late 1943

begins work on Collected Poems (1944)

22 July 1943

letter to Charles Clay [Pratt's inclusion in Norte]

letter to Malcolm Ross [Pratt's inclusion in Norte]

August 1943

publication of "Niemoeller." Queen's Quarterly, 50 (August 1943), 268

publication of review of Tasting the Earth, by Mona Gould. Canadian Poetry Magazine, 7, No. 1 (August 1943), 35-36

17 August 1943

letter to Ellen Elliott [submission of Still Life and Other Poems]

27 August 1943

letter to Michael F. Harrington [praise for Harrington's Newfoundland Tapestry]

September 1943

returns to full-time teaching after recovering from illness

3 September 1943

letter to Lorne Pierce [blurb for The Book of Canadian Poetry]

8 September 1943

letter to Watson Kirkconnell [resignation from Editor's chair of the Canadian Poetry Magazine]

9 September 1943

letter to W.R. Benét [thanks for letter; admiration for the Benét brothers; on writing The Witches' Brew and The Titans]

14 September 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [lecture schedule and topics for Wartime Information Board tour]

letter to Malcolm Ross [lecture schedule]

20 September 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [lecture topics for Cornell students; scheduled broadcast of pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

26 September 1943

radio broadcast of pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

28 September 1943

letter to Malcolm Ross [lecture schedule for War Information Board tour]

16 October 1943

publication of "Der Fuehrer's Pot-Pourri." Saturday Night, 59 (16 October 1943), 40

20 October 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [lecture schedule for War Information Board tour]

21 October 1943

letter to Mr. Blackshaw [cannot provide manuscripts of "Dunkirk" and Dunkirk]

27 October 1943

letter to Ellen Elliott [Alfred A. Knopf's interest in publishing Pratt]

30 October 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [Deacon's review of The Book of Canadian Poetry]

early November 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [critical reaction to The Book of Canadian Poetry]

1 November 1943

letter to Ellen Elliott [dealings with Alfred A. Knopf; plans for Collected Poems (1944)]

3 November 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [praise for Brown's On Canadian Poetry]

8 November 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [critical reaction to The Book of Canadian Poetry; repeat broacast of pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren]

10 November 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [tour schedule]

11 November 1943

letter to Ellen Elliott [Knopf's rejection of Still Life and Other Poems in favour of a more comprehensive collection]

20 November 1943

speaks on behalf on the Wartime Information Board at Cornell University

23 November 1943

arrives in New York City

spends an evening with W.R. Benét, who promises to intercede with Alfred Knopf for a possible American edition of Collected Poems (1944)

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [arrival in New York]

24 November 1943

postcard to Viola Pratt [social engagements in New York]

26 November 1943

speaks at the Canadian Club, New York City

29 November 1943

named honorary pallbearer in absentia at the funeral of C.G.D. Roberts in Toronto

speaks at Smith College

December 1943

publication of Still Life and Other Verse. Toronto: Macmillan, 1943:

reviews and sales disappointing

publicity photograph of EJP for Still Life

5 December 1943

letter to A.J.M. Smith [critical reaction to The Book of Canadian Poetry; praise for Smith's News of the Phoenix]

6 December 1943

letter to Lorne Pierce [publicity for Brown's On Canadian Poetry]

letter to E.K. Brown [publicity for Brown's On Canadian Poetry; Knopf interested in American edition of Collected Poems (1944)]

10 December 1943

letter to E.K. Brown [publicity for Brown's On Canadian Poetry]

15 December 1943

letter to W.R. Benét [plans for Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1944); sales of Still Life and Other Poems; enclosing copy]

letter to Cécile de Banke [praise for de Banke's "Silent Laughter"; enclosing copy of Still Life and Other Poems]

18 December 1943

letter to William Arthur Deacon [note of thanks (review of Still Life and Other Poems)]

1944

portrait of EJP by Kenneth Forbes

5 January 1944

letter to John Sutherland [financial advice for First Statement]

6 January 1944

letter to Ralph Gustafson [receipt of payment for poems in A Little Anthology of Canadian Poets]

12 January 1944

letter to Cécile de Banke [unable to attend "Festival of Spoken Poetry" at Wellesley College]

18 January 1944

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sponsors a public performance at Massey Hall of The Life and Death of Jean de Brébeuf, based on Brébeuf and His Brethren, with the Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Ernest Macmillan

programme for the performance

25 January 1944

Leonard Brockington recites "To Robert Burns," written by Pratt at his request, at the annual Burns Night Dinner of the St. Andrew's Society of St. John's

declines the request of C.J. Burchell, the High Commissioner for Canada in St. John's, to write, for the same occasion, humorous verses about Canadian relations with Newfoundland

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [declines to write forward to MacLeod's collection of poems]

28 January 1944

letter to A.J.M. Smith [has written letter in support of A.M. Klein's application for a Guggenheim; reception of News of the Phoenix, Still Life and Other Poems, and the Book of Canadian Poetry; the Preview cabal]

10 February 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945)]

mid-February 1944

completes editorial work on the Collected Poems (1944)

mid-March 1944

corrects proofs for Collected Poems (1944)

15 March 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [nothing to submit to Saturday Review of Literature; at work on Collected Poems (1944)]

late March 1944

letter to Winnie Eayrs [corrected typescript of The Witches' Brew for Collected Poems (1944)]

early Spring 1944

commissioned by Maclean's to write a tribute to homecoming Canadian soldiers

24 March 1944

letter to E.K. Brown [visit to Toronto]

mid-April

corrects proofs of Collected Poems (1944)

late April 1944

letter to A.J.M. Smith [congratulations on nomination of News of the Phoenix for Governor-General's Medal; plans for broadcasts on Canadian poetry by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]

27 April 1944

letter to Ellen Elliott [Star Weekly article on Collected Poems (1944)]

1 May 1944

letter to W.A. Deacon [arrangements for a dinner in Deacon's honour]

18 May 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1944); having portrait painted by Kenneth Forbes]

7 June 1944

letter to Ellen Elliott [Knopf's contract for Collected Poems (1945)]

mid-June to late July

plans trip to the Arctic to study sites associated with the Franklin expedition

16 June 1944

letter to E.K. Brown [broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Collected Poems (1944); signed contract with Knopf today for American edition]

26 June 1944

letter to Alan Crawley [note of congratulations (Contemporary Verse)]

early July to 17 August 1944

teaches summer school courses in "Modern Poetry and Drama" and poetry of the sixteenth- to nineteenth-centuries at Queen's University

writes most of They Are Returning

reads parts of They Are Returning to Lorne Richardson, professor of mathematics at the Royal Military College and Director of Naval Education in the Department of National Defence, who suggests the idea for an epic poem regarding Canada's navy and its wartime exploits (see Behind the Log)

12 July 1944

letter to Robert Huckvale [request for unbound copy of Collected Poems (1944)]

18 July 1944

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [arrival at Kingston to teach summer school]

letter to Viola Pratt [talk on Newfoundland on the following Sunday at Grant Hall]

24 July 1944

postcard to Viola Pratt [after a weekend visit to Toronto, request for shaving brush; homesickness]

25 July 1944

letter to Viola Pratt [request for copy of Dunkirk for planned reading]

27 July 1944

letter to Viola Pratt [progress of They Are Returning]

29 July 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [family friends]

late July 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [asks Claire not to send any more Mandrake comic strips, and asks for more of her own writing]

31 July 1944

letter to Viola Pratt [request for Great Modern British Plays and Shaw's Candida]

August 1944

letter to Winnie Eayrs [corrections for Collected Poems (1944)]

3 August 1944

reads sections from Dunkirk at a dramatic festival on the "war theme" at Queen's University

7 August 1944

letter to Pelham Edgar [Collected Poems (1944); Knopf edition; sales of Brébeuf and His Brethren; progress of They Are Returning]

8 August 1944

letter to Earle Birney [criticism of the Preview group; Collected Poems (1944); Knopf edition; academic news]

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [plans return to Toronto from Kingston; copies of Dunkirk arrived for reading]

11 August 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [$10 cheque enclosed; planned arrival in Toronto; Poss's rhymes]

13 August 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [Collected Poems (1944); Knopf edition; publication dates of books; biographical data]

17 August 1944

returns to Toronto and learns that the publication of Collected Poems (1944) is postponed until mid-October

22 August 1944

letter to John Sutherland [contribution to First Statement]

31 August 1944

letter to Mrs. Stagg (Knopf) [sales of Brébeuf and His Brethren; pageant based on the poem]

8 September 1944

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [MacLeod's poem "White Peacock"]

15 September 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [praise for Benét's Day of Deliverance]

accompanies Claire to Columbia University and visits the offices of Alfred A. Knopf

18 September 1944

postcard to Viola, Claire and Nellie Pratt [return to Toronto]

19 September 1944

letter to Viola Pratt [home repairs; party plans]

21 September 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [forwarding mail; death of Robert Huckvale's granddaughter]

28 September 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [prescription drugs; Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945)]

30 September 1944

letter to Jenny Pincock [praise for Pincock's poem "Hidden Springs"; Collected Poems (1944)]

2 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [dining with Paul Robeson and Jose Ferrer]

4 October 1944

letter to Roy Daniells [appreciation of radio broadcast from Winnipeg]

5 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [playful advice on spelling and grammar]

13 October 1944

publication of Collected Poems (1944). Toronto: Macmillan, 1944:

reviews very positive

letter to Claire Pratt [author's copies of Collected Poems (1944) received today; sending one to Claire]

14-17 October 1944

speaks in Montreal at Loyola College and to the Montreal Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association

meets with Leo Cox, Leslie Barnard, and, for the first time, with A.M. Klein

18 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [reports seeing Hitchcock's The Lodger; sands gifts of money for Claire and Aunt Nellie]

22 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [lecture at Sick Children's Hospital]

25 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [trip to Kitchener]

26 October 1944

letter to W.R. Benét [gift copy of Collected Poems (1944)]

30 October 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [treatment of Claire's osteomyelitis]

2 November 1944

letter to "William Noble" (Harold Horwood) [encouragement for Newfoundland literary journal Protocol]

letter to Jenny Pincock [advice on publishing "Hidden Springs"]

3 November 1944

letter to Leo Cox [note of thanks (visit)]

4 November 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [dinner party at the Pratts']

9 November 1944

postcard to Claire Pratt [stag dinner at the Pratts']

13 November 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [sales and positive review of Collected Poems (1944)]

15 November 1944

letter to A.J.M. Smith [meeting with Klein]

letter to E.K. Brown [sales and reviews of Collected Poems (1944)]

mid-November 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [finances; response to the corset anecdote in Maclean's magazine]

18 November 1944

speaks at the Toronto Congress on Canadian-Soviet Friendship

21 November 1944

letter to Leo Cox [note of thanks (review of Collected Poems [1944])]

letter to Claire Pratt [employment at the Institute of International Affairs; verse for Claire]

29 November 1944

letter to Margaret Furness MacLeod [enclosing photograph]

December 1944

does editorial work for W.H. Clarke at Oxford University Press on a long manuscript on the history of Newfoundland

1 December 1944

attends reception in his honour put on by the Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors' Association

3 December 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [synopsis of Environment and Nation]

7 December 1944

letter to Louis MacKay [note of thanks (review of Collected Poems [1944])]

11 December 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [dinner party at Boris Berlin's]

13 December 1944

letter to Claire Pratt [visit from Frederick Philip Grove]

1945

3 January 1945

letter to Albert G. Hatcher [praise for sonnet "To Calvert Pratt, on Receiving a Book of his Brother's Poems"]

10 January 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [sending readings related to Claire's course at Columbia University]

28 January 1945

letter to Charles D. Abbott [manuscripts for library of the State University of New York at Buffalo]

2 February 1945

letter to Desmond Pacey [congratulations on birth of child and new appointment at University of New Brunswick]

4 February 1945

receives as a birthday present from Calvert Pratt a membership at the York Club; reads "A Club Inventory of Hades" at his inaugural dinner

7 February 1945

letter to A.M. Klein [praise for Klein's Poems]

letter to Claire Pratt [recent events; praise for Henry W. Wells]

8 February 1945

letter to Ella Reynolds [note of thanks for Reynolds' review of CP1 in the Hamilton Spectator]

14 February 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [April 9 set as publication date by Knopf for Collected Poems (1945)]

19 February 1945

letter to Charles D. Abbott [manuscript of The Titanic]

letter to Claire Pratt [payment for editorial work for Oxford University Press; renewal of plans for pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren; preparation of lectures]

21 February 1945

letter to E.K. Brown [broadcast regarding revised edition of On Canadian Poetry; Knopf's publication date for Collected Poems (1945)]

letter to Pelham Edgar [general news; publicity statements for Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945)]

25 February 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [humourous story about "my silver gown"]

26 February 1945

letter to Henry W. Wells [Wells and Carl Klinck's manuscript Edwin J. Pratt: The Man and His Poetry; preference for The Titanic over Dunkirk; composition of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

27 February 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [letter from Henry Wells]

March 1945

publication of "Source Material and Poetry" (from an Address to the Poetry Group, Montreal Branch, Canadian Authors' Association). The Canadian Author and Bookman, 21, No. 1 (March 1945), 15 [essay]

3 March 1945

letter to Lorne Pierce [Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945)]

12 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [humorous events during visit to Kingston and speech on The Titanic]

14 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [birthday wishes; recording Brébeuf and His Brethren at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation studios]

15 March 1945

letter to Carl Klinck [meeting to discuss Wells and Klinck's Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

21 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [dinner party at the Royal York Hotel]

27 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [account of the Senior Dinner at Victoria College]

30 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [note of advice and receipt of photograph]

31 March 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [family news; trip to Newfoundland as guest of Naval Department]

early April 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [entertaining John Frederick Nims; Claire's finances; Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945) held up in customs]

11 April 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [draft for $80.00 enclosed]

17 April 1945

letter to W.R. Benét [receives copies of Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945); note of thanks for introduction; sales]

18 April 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [honorary Doctorate from the University of Manitoba; Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945); initial plans for Ten Selected Poems]

May and June 1945

teaches special courses for returning servicemen at Victoria College

4 May 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [gift copies of Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945) for Toronto friends]

letter to Eugenie Perry [critical comment on Perry's "Song in the Silence"]

7 May 1945

letter to Charles D. Abbott [lecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo]

11 May 1945

letter to Charles D. Abbott [travel arrangements for trip to Buffalo]

letter to Claire Pratt [preparations for trip to Winnipeg]

21 May 1945

letter to Roy Daniells [Daniell's 'Hudson Bay'; Winnipeg visit]

22 May 1945

receives an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Manitoba; introduced by Roy Daniells who had put his name forward

reads "Selecting Subjects for Poetry" at an Alumni banquet, and excerpts from The Titanic and some short poems at a recital at a Winnipeg church

28 May 1945

discusses and reads from The Titanic at the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the State University of New York at Buffalo

29 May 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [news from Buffalo]

letter to E.K. Brown [news from Buffalo]

30 May 1945

letter to Charles D. Abbott [note of thanks (visit)]

31 May 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [trip to Ottawa and Halifax]

June 1945

note to Arthur Phelps [comment on Phelps' photograph]

7 June 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [travel arrangements]

8 June 1945

letter to W.R. Benét [typescript of They Are Returning]

mid-June 1945

dissatisfied with the layout of They Are Returning in Maclean's and the omission of several sections of the poem

12 June 1945

reading of They Are Returning broadcast by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

letter to Ellen Elliott [public reception of They Are Returning]

14 June 1945

letter to J. Donald Adams [note of thanks (poems published in The New York Times)]

14 June 1945

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [personal letter of recommendation to an acquaintance]

15 June 1945

publication of "They Are Returning." Maclean's, 58 (June 15, 1945), 5-6
Maclean's (June 15, 1945), 5.
Maclean's (June 15, 1945), 6.

letter to Ellen Elliott [chapbook publication of They Are Returning]

18 June 1945

in preparation for Behind the Log, leaves Toronto for Ottawa after arranging a visit with Naval Services; stays with old friend, retired Colonel Henry Osborne

19 June 1945

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [arrival in Ottawa]

20 June 1945

reads They Are Returning at the Rideau Club

late June to mid-July 1945

revises They Are Returning for book publication

22 June 1945

luncheon in his honour at the Rideau Club

leaves Ottawa for Halifax with a letter of permission from the Chief of Naval Staff to the Admiral of the North Atlantic Squadron for access to all areas of operations

letter to Viola Pratt [plans for publication of They Are Returning by Macmillans]

23 June 1945

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [plans for Halifax]

23-30 June 1945

introduced to every aspect of naval life by Lieutenant-Commander William Sclater; witnesses gunnery practice, tours destroyers, minesweepers and aircraft carriers, and examines naval equipment

24 June 1945

letter to Ellen Elliott [publication of They Are Returning; research for Behind the Log]

letter to Viola Pratt [arrival in Halifax]

26 June 1945

visits the Admiral's barge, the Moby Dick, and accompanies the Aquitania to the dock of Halifax; observes gunnery trials as a guest on the Micmac

letter to Viola Pratt [research for Behind the Log]

27 June 1945

photograph of EJP on the bridge of HMCS Micmac

letter to Claire Pratt [visits to Navy ships]

29 June 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [visits to Navy ships; radio broadcast of They Are Returning by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]

letter to Ellen Elliott [corrections for They Are Returning]

30 June 1945

escorts the liner Pasteur into dock as a passenger on the Moby Dick

1 July 1945

letter to Douglas Bush [activities in Halifax]

letter to Viola Pratt [meeting with nephew; plans]

2 July 1945

escorts an aircraft carrier into dock as a passenger on the Moby Dick

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [trip on Moby Dick]

4 July to 10 August 1945

teaches morning courses for the Teachers' Summer School, one for nuns at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and one for lay teachers at the Dalhousie Arts Building

spends afternoons and weekends on naval research for Behind the Log

4 July 1945

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [teaching duties]

5 July 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [comic news from Halifax]

letter to Ellen Elliott [Simpson's advertisement for They Are Returning]

7 July 1945

letter to Ellen Elliott [cover design and subtitle for They Are Returning; possible English edition of Collected Poems (1944)]

8 July 1945

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Halifax]

9 July 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [request for photograph of portrait]

14 July 1945

letter to Viola Pratt [progress of research for Behind the Log; publication of They Are Returning]

16 July 1945

letter to Winnie Eayrs [changes to proofs of They Are Returning]

postcard to Claire Pratt [note of thanks (photograph)]

17 July 1945

letter to Winnie Eayrs [changes to proofs of They Are Returning]

letter to Henry W. Wells [changes to They Are Returning; dissatisfaction with Maclean's layout; progress of Behind the Log; publishers' interest in manuscript of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

18 July 1945

fire and explosions at the Navy's main Bedford Basin Magazine Depot; classes cancelled for several days and recitals postponed

confined to land after the Admiral's barge loses most of its superstructure in the explosion; visits installations unharmed by the blasts and examines available files and records

letter to Viola Pratt [changes to They Are Returning; reviews of Collected Poems (1944)]

19 July 1945

letter to Viola Pratt [explosions in Halifax]

20 July 1945

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [explosions in Halifax]

21 July 1945

learns about asdic (later called sonar) aboard the frigate Port Colborne in Liverpool, Nova Scotia

23 July 1945

reads at Dalhousie Arts Building, rescheduled because of explosion

postcard to Viola Pratt [trip to Liverpool, Nova Scotia]

25 July 1945

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [news from Halifax]

letter to Cécile de Banke [radio broadcasts; activities in Halifax]

26 July 1945

makes a thirty minute broadcast from a local radio station of "Silences" and Brébeuf and His Brethren; receives a disc of the broadcast and hears his recorded voice for the first time

27 July 1945

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [recording of poems]

letter to E.K. Brown [publication of They Are Returning; American response to Collected Poems (1945)]

28 July 1945

letter to Viola Pratt [launching of destroyer Cayuga]

August 1945

pleased by favourable American reviews of Collected Poems (1945) by Robert Hillyer, Coleman Rosenberger and J. Donald Adams, but is upset by negative reviews by Babette Deutsch and especially by Winfield Townley Scott's description of his verse as "dull" and "one hundred years out of date"

1 August 1945

letter to Claire Pratt [news from Halifax; anecdote]

2 August 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [information on The Roosevelt and the Antinoe and Brébeuf and His Brethren for Edgar's essay for Les Gants du Ciel; research for Behind the Log]

6 August 1945

letter to Viola Pratt [events at Halifax; Toronto Telegram article on Pratt and Greaves]

10 August 1945

leaves Halifax for Toronto

publication of They Are Returning. Toronto: Macmillan, 1945

largely ignored by reviewers

21 August 1945

letter to Ralph Gustafson [note of thanks (gift copies of Canadian Accent and Poetry and Canada: A Guide to Reading); enclosing "The Yeas and the Nays" for publication in proposed second edition of Canadian Accent]

letter to Ralph Gustafson [enclosed in preceding letter: permission to publish 'The Yeas and Nays' or excerpts from They Are Reurning]

6 September 1945

letter to Robertson Davies [note of thanks (Peterborough Examiner editorial)]

Autumn 1945

delays work on Behind the Log after Claire's osteomyelitis forces her to cancel plans to return to Columbia University and to undergo a number of bone operations

21 September 1945

letter to Eugenie Perry [receipt of Perry's letter; appreciation of John Gould Fletcher's poetry]

10 October 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [arrangements for Edgar's lecture]

12 October 1945

letter to E.K. Brown [Henry W. Wells' admiration for Brown; reviews of Collected Poems (1945)]

23 October 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [arrangements for lecture]

24 October 1945

reads sections from Brébeuf and His Brethren at Huronia Day celebrations in the Georgian Hotel in Midland

letter to Carl Klinck [meeting with Henry W. Wells]

25 October 1945

attends an address to the York Club in Toronto by Pelham Edgar

November 1945

letter to Ellen Elliott [comments on manuscripts under consideration for publication by Macmillan, P.K. Page's As Ten As Twenty, Doris Ferne's Paschal Lands and Other Poems, and Reba Hudson's Brief for Beauty]

8 November 1945

letter to Pelham Edgar [note of thanks (visit and lecture)]

letter to Ralph Gustafson [note with newspaper clipping]

18 November 1945

attends a grand rally at Maple Leaf Gardens of the Canadian-Soviet Friendship Council and reads, at the invitation of the Council, "A Victory Message and Pledge of Friendship from the Canadian People to the U.S.S.R."; signs a copy of the poem, which is attached to an ornamental scroll and presented to the Secretary of the Soviet Embassy

20 November 1945

letter to Lorne Pierce [manuscript by Sir Ellsworth Flavelle]

21 November 1945

letter to Carl Klinck [suggested changes to manuscript of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

late 1945

letter to Watson Kirkconnell [praise for Kirkconnell's translations]

19 December 1945

letter to E.K. Brown [contributions to Gants du Ciel]

late December 1945

begins, tentatively, to write Behind the Log

1946

7 January 1946

letter to Carl Klinck [Canadian-Soviet Friendship Council; suggestion for manuscript of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

11 January 1946

letter to Pelham Edgar [visit to Toronto]

15 January 1946

letter to Carl Klinck [changes to manuscript of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

17-31 January

Claire in Wellesley Hospital

23-26 January 1946

reads in Buffalo and Rochester

24 January 1946

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrival in Buffalo]

3 February 1946

letter to W.R. Benét [Harvard lecture; sales of Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945)]

12 February

unveiling of Forbes portrait and presentation to Victoria College

15 February 1946

removes from his guest-book any evidence of having entertained guests from the Soviet Union after hearing reports of the defection of Igor Gouzenko and the uncovering of an extensive Canadian-Russian spy-ring in Canada

26 February 1946

leaves for Boston and New York

27 February 1946

gives Morris Gray Lecture at Harvard University's Widener Library

meets poet Theodore Spencer

28 February 1946

records poems at the Widener Library

postcard to Viola Pratt [activities at Harvard]

1-6 March 1946

visits in New York City with Henry Wells, W.R. Benét, Merrill Denison, Nathaniel Benson, Alfred Knopf, and Canadian-born novelist Thomas Costain

lectures on The Titanic to Henry Wells's graduate students at Columbia University

2 March 1946

letter to Viola Pratt [activities at Cambridge and in New York City]

3 March 1946

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [activities in New York City]

6 March 1946

returns to Toronto

15 March

receives invitation from St. Thomas College in Houston to give address on Brébeuf and His Brethren

17 March 1946

letter to Thomas B. Costain [praise for Costain's The Black Rose]

letter to W.R. and Marjorie Benét [note of thanks (dinner)]

Spring 1946

writes first substantial portions of Behind the Log

2 April 1946

letter to Pelham Edgar [activities at Columbia and Harvard]

7 April 1946

accidentally sets fire to sun porch

leaves for Houston where he lectures and reads at St. Thomas College and broadcasts over a local radio station

7 April 1946

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [greetings en route to Houston]

9 April 1946

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [activities in Houston]

13 April 1946

telegram to Viola and Claire Pratt [time of his arrival by air from Houston]

14 April 1946

letter to Earle Birney [note of congratulations (awarded Governor-General's Medal for Now is Time); Houston trip]

23 April 1946

letter to E.K. Brown [Houston trip; plans for summer]

late April 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's travel plans; money sent for her return from New York]

25 April 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [amusing anecdote]

26 April 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [$20 enclosed; Claire's medical bills; dinner with Brockington and Corbett]

27 April 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's trip to Toronto; requests receipts]

7 May 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [travel arrangements]

early May 1946

letter to Claire Pratt [requests details of her arrival in Toronto]

17 May 1946

telegram to Roy Daniells [invitation to stag party]

27 May 1946

letter to Desmond Pacey [securing additional staff for Department of English at the University of New Brunswick]

6 June 1946

letter to Desmond Pacey [candidates for teaching posts]

10 June 1946

letter to Desmond Pacey [candidates for teaching posts]

mid-June

typescript of nearly a third of Behind the Log completed

14 June 1946

makes presentation at ceremony in Maple Leaf Gardens in honour of Ilya Ehrenburg and other Russian authors

15 June 1946

attends party for Russian authors

30 June 1946

receives word of his inclusion on the Dominion Day Civil Honours List as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George

1 July 1946

typescript of nearly a half of Behind the Log completed

arrives in Kingston

3 July to 20 August 1946

teaches summer school courses on nineteenth century literature at Queen's University

spends afternoons working on Behind the Log

3 July 1946

letter to Viola Pratt [living arrangements in Kingston; Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George]

8 July 1946

postcard to Claire Pratt [Kingston; reports having found a perfect place for Claire to paint]

postcard to Leo Cox [note of thanks (letter of congratulations on Pratt's induction into the Order of St. Michael and St. George)]

9 July 1946

letter to Duncan Campbell Scott [note of thanks (letter of congratulations)]

10 July 1946

letter to Christopher Morley [visit to Toronto]

letter to William Arthur Deacon [presidency of the Canadian Authors' Association; criticism of Montreal poets]

postcard to Viola Pratt [Kingston]

13 July 1946

letter to John Gray [rejection of manuscript of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry; Ten Selected Poems]

15 July 1946

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [Kingston]

letter to Claire Pratt [possible editorial position at Ryerson Press]

16 July 1946

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrangements for Viola and Claire to holiday in Kingston]

18 July 1946

postcard to Margaret Wilton [thank you]

20 July 1946

postcard to Viola Pratt [looking forward to return to Toronto]

late July 1946

spends time in Carrother's Point at the lakeside cottage of Queen's summer school instructor Winnie Rowles, beginning long association with her and artists Carl Schaefer, Henri Masson, and Will Ogilvie

photograph of Winnie Rowles at her cottage

24 July 1946

postcard to Viola Pratt [visit to Toronto; Viola and Claire's holiday]

16 August 1946

letter to Pelham Edgar [golf; other news]

letter to Earle Birney [editorship of Canadian Poetry Magazine]

20 August 1946

telegram to Earle Birney [editorial work for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

September and October 1946

prepares text of Ten Selected Poems for Canadian high schools at the request of a committee of high school teachers

3 September 1946

spends the afternoon with American novelist, essayist and columnist Christopher Morley

16 September 1946

letter to Christopher and Helen Morely [correction to "No. 6000"]

late September 1946

feels that Behind the Log has reached its appropriate length of five hundred lines

17 October 1946

letter to Christopher Morley [praise for Morley's Shakespeare and Hawaii]

letter to Dora Mavor Moore [praise for New Play Society's production of Playboy of the Western World]

18 October 1946

letter to Frederick Gullen [thank you; dinner plans]

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [planning of Ten Selected Poems for use by English literature classes, to be published by Macmillan's]

19 October 1946

reads finished sections of Behind the Log following the reunion dinner of the Class of 1926

late October 1946

adds Behind the Log to a reading at McMaster University in Hamilton after being encouraged by reception of the poem in Toronto

23 October 1946

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [selection of poems for Ten Selected Poems]

28 October 1946

letter to Lorne Pierce [poetry of Anne Wilkinson]

November 1946

meets with organizers for pageant based on Brébeuf and His Brethren scheduled for the following summer

reads a paper on "Shakespeare's Idiom" to the Shakespeare Society

late November 1946

makes last revisions to Behind the Log; types copy himself

26 November 1946

letter to Earle Birney [Canadian Poetry Magazine; last revision of Behind the Log completed; comments on poem; preparing Ten Selected Poems]

letter to Esther Birney [amusing story]

27 November 1946

letter to Earle Birney [abridged version of Behind the Log for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

29 November 1946

letter to John Gray [membership in York Club]

late 1946

letter to W.A. Deacon [meal at the York Club]

13 December 1946

letter to Earle Birney [publication of Behind the Log]

17 December 1946

letter to Cécile de Banke [Christmas greetings]

23 December 1946

letter to Earle Birney [amusing story]

1947

portrait of EJP by Grant Macdonald

early 1947

letter to William Arthur Deacon [Montreal branch of the Canadian Authors' Association]

1 January 1947

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts an abridged version of Behind the Log

2 January 1947

letter to Earle Birney [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast of Behind the Log; progress of poem]

7 January 1947

letter to Pelham Edgar [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast of Behind the Log; prospect of retirement]

13 January 1947

letter to Pelham Edgar [Victoria College salaries and pensions]

21 January 1947

letter to Malcolm Ross [praise for journal article]

28 January 1947

letter to John Gray [revised typescript of Behind the Log]

3 February 1947

letter to Ellen Elliott [typescript of Behind the Log]

19 February 1947

letter to Ellen Elliott [disappointing sales of Knopf edition of Collected Poems (1945); Knopf not interested in Behind the Log]

24 February 1947

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon and family [Ten Selected Poems (1947) in galleys; trip to Mount Allison University next week]

18 March 1947

letter to Earle Birney [revisions to Behind the Log for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

23 March 1947

letter to Earle Birney [revisions to Behind the Log for Canadian Poetry Magazine; revised text enclosed]

7 April 1947

letter to A.G. Hatcher [declining invitation to attend Memorial University College graduation ceremony]

9 April 1947

letter to Earle Birney [revisions to Behind the Log for Canadian Poetry Magazine]

22 April 1947

letter to Ralph Gustafson [work on Behind the Log]

May 1947

letter to Frank Upjohn [enclosing complete draft of Behind the Log; concerns about Grant Macdonald's illustrations]

early May 1947

visits Naval Headquarters for information regarding conference procedures in order to expand the "human" dimension of Behind the Log; sends a copy of the finished poem to Naval Service for its official clearance and correction

2 May 1947

letter to Lorne Pierce [praise for Ryerson Press's work on Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

23 May 1947

letter to Ellen Elliott [revisions to Behind the Log]

late May 1947

letter to W.A. Deacon [Response to critics]

June 1947

publication of "Behind the Log." Canadian Poetry Magazine, 10 (June 1947), 21-37

4 June 1947

letter to John Gray [revisions to Behind the Log]

20 June 1947

publication of Ten Selected Poems. Toronto: Macmillan, 1947:

28 June 1947

letter to W.E. Collin [invites Collin to give lecture at Victoria College on French-Canadian poetry]

early July to early August 1947

teaches summer school courses at Queen's University

spends afternoons at the Carrother's Point cottage of Winnie Rowles

3 July 1947

postcard to Viola Pratt [first summer school lecture; Phelps takes job at McGill]

6 July 1947

letter to Viola Pratt [Kingston; progress on Behind the Log, lectures on Newfoundland topics]

18 July 1947

letter to Viola Pratt [has written foreword to Behind the Log]

26 July 1947

letter to John Gray [enclosing final manuscript of Behind the Log]

31 July 1947

letter to Albert G. Hatcher [invitation to Newfoundland to give a series of lectures]

7 August 1947

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [money for Claire]

9 August 1947

meets with Grant MacDonald to examine illustrations for Behind the Log

10 August 1947

letter to John Gray [Grant MacDonald's illustrations for Behind the Log; American and English sales of Collected Poems (1945)]

12 August 1947

letter to Wilfred Eggleston [note of congratulations (appointment to directorship of School of Journalism at Carleton College)]

postcard to Viola Pratt [coming news from Toronto]

late August 1947

letter to Claire Pratt [pep talk to Macmillan sales staff regarding Behind the Log]

20 August 1947

letter to Claire Pratt [news from Toronto]

21 August 1947

letter to Helen O'Reilly [lecture for Modern Languages Association; jacket statements for Behind the Log]

9 September 1947

letter to Helen O'Reilly [dust jacket for Behind the Log]

30 September 1947

letter to Earle Birney [praise for the printing of Behind the Log in Canadian Poetry Magazine and for Birney's poems; literary squabbles around Northern Review; reservations about Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry]

October 1947

gives public lectures in Toronto and Peterborough

prepares paper on "Science and Poetry" for the conference of the Modern Languages Association in Detroit

8 October 1947

telegram to W.E. Collin [arrangements for Collin's lecture at Victoria College on 16 October]

9 October 1947

letter to W.E. Collin [looking forward to Collin's visit; information for introductory remarks]

21 October 1947

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [informal recommendation of Earle Birney as a creative writing instructor]

letter to Charles D. Abbott [visit to Toronto]

26 October 1947

letter to Charles D. Abbott [dinner plans]

mid-November to early December 1947

writes "Lake Success" ("Summit Meetings")

17 November 1947

delivers partially completed version of "Science and Poetry" to the Ottawa Rotary Club

28 November 1947

letter to J. Donald Adams [newspaper article by W.J. Hurlow]

3 December 1947

letter to Earle Birney [submitting "Lake Success" ("Summit Meetings") which he has just finished after working on it for two weeks or more, to Outposts; good advance sales of Behind the Log]

5 December 1947

publication of Behind the Log. Toronto: Macmillan, 1947

reviews disappointing

publication of "A Greeting." Here and Now, 1, No. 1 (December 1947), 7 [essay]

6 December 1947

attends autographing party for Behind the Log at the Book Department of Simpson's in Toronto

29 December 1947

reads "Poetry and Science" at the Modern Languages Association conference in Detroit and describes the proceedings as the "most memorable" of his life

1948

1 January 1948

letter to Frank Upjohn [request to forward a letter from H.W. Wells to Grant MacDonald]

letter to Claire Pratt [anthologies requesting poems]

6 January 1948

letter to A.J.M. Smith [gift copy of second printing of Collected Poems (1944), with some alterations]

14 January 1948

the "Spinney" episode from Behind the Log included in Canadian Broadcast Corporation broadcast of modern Canadian poetry

20 January 1948

leaves for Kingston where he gives address upon the North American Martyrs and reads from Brébeuf and His Brethren at the Newman Club at Queen's University

4 February 1948

letter to Charles D. Abbott [praise for Abbott's Poets At Work]

letter to A.J.M. Smith [praise for second edition of The Book of Canadian Poetry]

11 February 1948

invested as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in Ottawa

card from EJP's family congratulating him on his investiture

EJP comments on being made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (30 June 1960) [0:34; 368Kb]

14 February 1948

letter to A.J.M. Smith [just sent off copy of Behind the Log; inclusion of The Witches' Brew in second edition of The Book of Canadian Poetry; naval idiom in Behind the Log; printer's errors in Behind the Log]

18 February 1948

repeats paper on "Poetry and Science" at Victoria College chapel

27 February 1948

letter to John Gray [contract for Behind the Log; printer's errors in Behind the Log]

8 March 1948

reads paper on "Poetry and Science" at the University of Western Ontario as part of its seventieth birthday celebrations

17 March 1948

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts a dramatic reading of Brébeuf and His Brethren with musical accompaniment by Healey Willan

26 March 1948

letter to Earle Birney [praise for Birney's The Strait of Anian; criticism of "Northern Review fellows"; debate over entry of Newfoundland into Confederation]

27 March 1948

comes down with flu and stays in bed for several days

5 April 1948

reads portions of "Poetry and Science" in his address to the Canadian Club in Sarnia

returns to Toronto with an infection and a swollen foot; confined to bed for three weeks; reads, while bedridden, two books dedicated to him, E.K. Brown's Matthew Arnold: A Study in Conflict, and Earle Birney's The Strait of Anian

late April 1948

writes "Newfoundland Calling"

25 April 1948

letter to J.R. Smallwood [support for Confederation]

27 April 1948

letter to E.K. Brown [praise for Brown's Matthew Arnold: A Study in Conflict; broadcast of Brébeuf and His Brethren]

6 May 1948

letter to William Arthur Deacon [Canadian Authors' Association convention]

7 May 1948

disappointed when informed by William Arthur Deacon that the Governor-General's Medal was awarded to Dorothy Livesay's Poems for People rather than to Behind the Log

late May 1948

becomes ambulatory with the assistance of a cane in spite of rheumatic pains in the thigh and hip

28 May 1948

letter to Ralph Gustafson [dinner plans]

4 June 1948

letter to Ralph Gustafson [praise for Gustafson's Flight into Darkness]

7 June 1948

letter to Lorne Pierce [praise for review of Pratt's work in Leading Canadian Poets]

10 June 1948

reads "Poetry and Science" to the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Authors' Association

letter to Viola Pratt [arrival in Ottawa]

13 June 1948

letter to Leo Cox [foot problem]

19 June 1948

postcard to Viola Pratt [en route to Durant, Oklahoma]

21 June 1948

reads sections from The Titanic and Brébeuf and His Brethren and lectures at the Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [arrival in Durant, Oklahoma]

Summer 1948

publication of "Lake Success" ("Summit Meetings"). Outposts, 10 (Summer 1948), 6-7

4 July to mid-August 1948

teaches summer school courses at Queen's University

visits Winnie Rowles, bedridden with spinal troubles, at Kingston General Hospital

5 July 1948

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrival in Kingston]

7 July 1948

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston]

9 July 1948

postcard to Claire Pratt [Claire's moving plans]

10 July 1948

letter to Viola Pratt [visit to Kingston]

13 July 1948

letter to Viola Pratt [accommodations for visitors]

letter to Pelham Edgar [foot and leg ailments; golf]

28 July 1948

postcard to Viola Pratt [visit to Toronto]

2 August 1948

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [arrival in Kingston]

5 August 1948

postcard to Viola and Claire Pratt [order for Claire's "Book Truck"]

9 August 1948

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston; Claire's painting]

10 August 1948

records poems at the home of W.E. MacNeil in Kingston

12 August 1948

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [news from Kingston]

17 August 1948

postcard to Viola Pratt [train to Toronto; bats]

26 August 1948

letter to M.M.H. MacKinnon [plans for Short Story Quarterly]

Autumn 1948

prepares script for Burns Night celebrations in St. John's

receives grant from the Humanities Research Council for "work in progress" on a long poem on the story of Sir John Franklin; poem never written in spite of considerable research

28 September 1948

letter to Earle Birney [review of The Strait of Anian in the Saturday Review of Literature]

7 October 1948

death of Pelham Edgar

mid-October 1948

pallbearer at the funeral of Pelham Edgar; helps Mrs. Edgar sort out books and letters for the College library; makes plans for an education fund for the Edgars' daughter Jane

20 November 1948

letter to E.K. Brown [death of Pelham Edgar; Deacon's review of Edwin J. Pratt: the Man and His Poetry; unfair review of Behind the Log]

28 December 1948 to 1 January 1949

addresses the Poetry Society of America in New York while attending Modern Languages Association conference

29 December 1948

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrival in New York City]

1949

publication of "Newfoundland Calling." Broadside: London: Macmillan, 1949

publication of Foreword to Saint Ignace, Canadian Altar of Martyrdom, by William Sherwood Fox with the collaboration of Wilfrid Jury. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1949, vii-viii

publication of "Prologue, the Poem 'Newfoundland.'" In This is Newfoundland. Edited Ewart Young. Toronto: Ryerson, 1949, ix-xii [essay]

Winter and Spring 1949

conducts research for the Franklin poem

1 January 1949

letter to W.R. Benét and Marjorie [note of thanks (party)]

20-29 January 1949

visits Newfoundland for the first time in two decades S

22 January 1949

tours familiar sites in St. John's and sees brother Cal's office

photograph of EJP beside on Signal Hill, St. John's beside the plaque commemmorating Marconi

photograph of EJP in brother Cal's office

24 January 1949

attends reception in his honour at the Hotel Newfoundland with over two hundred guests

letter to Lorne Pierce [offers "Newfoundland" for a commemorative volume; anti-Confederation feeling]

letter to Viola and Claire Pratt [the Robbie Burns' address; visit to Newfoundland]

25 January 1949

proposes the "Toast to the Immortal Memory" at "Burns Night"; deletes references to Confederation because of strong anti-Confederation sentiments

programme for "Burns Nicht"

26 January 1949

speaks at the Littledale Convent and at the home of Charles J. Burchell, Canadian High Commissioner to Newfoundland

27 January 1949

reads "Newfoundland Reminiscences" at the St. John's Rotary Club, the St. John's Library, and on local radio

28 January 1949

speaks at Memorial College

photograph of EJP in procession at Memorial College

photograph of EJP delivering address at Memorial College

February 1949

writes "Newfoundland Seamen" after several requests for Confederation poems

7 March 1949

letter to Abel C. Wornell [publication of Wornell's poems]

Spring 1949

letter to Chairman of the Humanities Research Council [update for Humanities Research Council on progress of "Sir John Franklin" poem]

publication of "The Last Watch." Canadian Poetry Magazine, 12 (Summer 1949), 5

26 March 1949

publication of "Newfoundland Calling." The Star Weekly (26 March 1949)

29 March 1949

"Newfoundland Seamen" read by Prime Minister St. Laurent in his "welcoming broadcast" on Confederation Day, and in a broadcast by Leonard Brockington

letter to Ralph Gustafson [praise for article]

31 March 1949

publication of "Newfoundland Calling." Toronto Daily Star (31 March 1949), 3

publication of "Newfoundland Seamen." Winnipeg Free Press (31 March 1949), 21

13 April 1949

letter to Lorne Pierce ["Newfoundland Seaman" for Pierce's "Newfoundland" book; recommends Michael Harrington as contributor]

20 April 1949

letter to Lorne Pierce [thank you]

28 April 1949

letter to E.K. Brown [literary and academic scene]

4 May 1949

letter to Leo Cox [summer plans; hopes for poetry in Canada; fears for criticism]

24 May 1949

letter to Douglas Bush [praise for Bush's The Portable Milton]

29 May 1949

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrival in Montreal]

30 May 1949

receives an honorary Doctorate of Letters at McGill University convocation in Montreal

June 1949

publication of "Displaced." Here and Now, 2 (June 1949), 77

12 June 1949

receives honorary Doctorate of Canon Law at Bishop's University convocation in Lennoxville, Quebec

Summer 1949

writes "A Call" and "Blind from Singapore"

22 June 1949

letter to E.K. Brown [anger at unidentified episode; trip to Toronto]

28 June 1949

postcard to Viola Pratt [arrival in Ann Arbor, Michigan]

29 June 1949

lectures on Canadian poetry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

30 June 1949

letter to Earle Birney [EJP's lectures on Canadian poetry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor]

4 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston]

mid-July to early August 1949

teaches summer school courses at Queen's University

makes frequent visits to the cottage of Winnie Rowles in Carrother's Point

photograph of Carl Schaefer, Margaret Burry, and EJP at Winnie Rowles' cottage

11 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston]

12 July 1949

postcard to Viola Pratt [Viola's visit to Kingston]

16 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston; Viola's trip to the Maritimes]

19 July 1949

postcard to Claire Pratt [Claire's visit to Kingston]

20 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [news from Kingston]

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's visit to Kingston]

25 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [weekend in Toronto]

27 July 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [Viola's drawing of harpoon and boat; news from Kingston]

letter to Claire Pratt [Claire's visit to Kingston]

28 July 1949

letter to Claire Pratt [Viola's drawing of harpoon and boat]

photograph of EJP on occasion of receiving D. Litt. (hon. causa) at Queen's University

photograph of Edwin G. Baker, R.C. Wallace (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University), and EJP

3 August 1949

letter to Claire Pratt [lecture on Newfoundland 'lingo' to Rotary Club; Mrs Cartwright's poetry]

9 August 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [sends copy of 'The Decision'; lecture to Rotary Club]

10 August 1949

letter to Viola Pratt [encloses letter from Claire]
letter to Earle Birney [Birney's reading of Brêbeuf on CBC; Pratt's retirement in two years; etc.]

September 1949

letter to Vincent Massey [vouches for John Sutherland as editor of Northern Review]

21 October 1949

letter to E.K. Brown [dinner plans]

letter to Ralph Gustafson [letter in support of Gustafson's application for a Guggenheim Fellowship]

24 October 1949

letter to Lorne Pierce [recent visit to Queen's University]

late Autumn 1949

after complaining about Hollywood movie Canadian Pacific, challenged by his friend, public relations writer George Johnston to do "a proper job"; agrees to do so and soon begins research on Towards the Last Spike

November 1949

publication of "A November Landscape." Missionary Monthly, 24 (November 1949), front cover

13 November 1949

postcard to Christopher Morley [praise for Chimneysmoke]

15 November 1949

letter to Murdo Mackinnon [agrees to write a letter of reference]

late November 1949

delivers tribute of thanks and appreciation to E.K. Brown, who spoke on "Rhythm in the Novel" at the Alexander Lectures at Hart House Theatre

December 1949

publication of "The Nativity." Canadian Home Journal (December 1949), 9

7 December 1949

letter to E.K. Brown [praise for Alexander Lectures]

25 December 1949

letter to Claire Pratt [cheque enclosed (from her annuity)]


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