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Susan Swan fonds
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"Black Ships" : from March 2008

Item is a short excerpt from a manuscript of what would become Swan's novel The Western Light, accompanied by research material.

Story about the Thomas Wolfe suite at the Chelsea Hotel : drafts

File consists of notes, a pitch and annotated drafts by Swan about her stay in the Thomas Wolfe suite at the Chelsea Hotel. Also included in the file is a clipping of an article by Swan published in the National Post about Thomas Wolfe and her father (18 June 2005).

"Death at the Hotel Chelsea" : draft manuscripts

File also includes e-mail exchanged with one of Swan's students, Emiko Hsuen, pertaining to Swan's questions about Japanese culture for this story, e-mail regarding research about the Chelsea Hotel, a copy of a paper entitled "Thomas Wolfe's German girlfriend: some further thoughts on Thea Voelcker" by Lawrence D. Stokes, and Thomas Wolfe Society publications entitled "Thomas Wolfe's friendship with Henry Volkening: the documents" and "The proceedings and membership list of the Thomas Wolfe Society: the twenty-seventh annual meeting, Portland, Maine, May 27-29, 2005".

Susan Swan fonds

  • F0113
  • Fonds
  • 1945-2017

Fonds consists of records documenting Susan Swan's personal life and professional activities as a writer, university professor, journalist and advocate for the arts, including correspondence, notebooks, day planners, research materials, photographs, lecture notes, sound recordings, promotional materials and manuscript drafts pertaining to Swan's novels and other writing projects.

Swan, Susan

Personal files

Series consists of correspondence, clippings, journals, notebooks, photographs, publications, ephemera, day planners, address books and other material documenting Swan's personal life and interests, in particular her early years as a student at Havergal College, as well as files pertaining to Swan's family. Some notebooks contain notes on Swan’s writing projects as well as personal diary entries.

Correspondence files

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence and e-mail, sent and received by Swan.

Academic and teaching files

Series pertains to Swan's work as an instructor at York University and her tenure process, her position as the Millennial Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies for 1999-2000, her work for the Writers' Union of Canada, and her public lectures. Records in this series include course materials, teaching proposals, official York University publications, and lecture notes.

Manuscripts and related files

Series consists of drafts and proofs of articles, poems, plays, short stories, essays and novels written by Swan, including "Unfit for Paradise", "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World", "The Last of the Golden Girls", "The Wives of Bath", "Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With", "What Casanova Told Me", "The Western Light" (previously titled "Black Ships" and "The Hockey Killer"), and "The Dead Celebrities Club". Series also includes research material and notes pertaining to Swan's writing projects, correspondence with publishers and collaborators, lecture notes pertaining to Swan's book tours, promotional material for several of her books, as well as screenplays for the proposed and/or produced films of "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World" and "The Wives of Bath".

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