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Gordon Roper fonds. 1997 additions
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1953, [195-?] (Creation)
- Roper, Gordon
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Gordon Herbert Roper was born in Brantford, Ontario. He married Helen Caddy and they had two children, Susan and Mark. Professor Roper was educated at Peterborough Collegiate Institute; George Williams College in Chicago and the University of Chicago (B.A. 1938, M.A. 1939 and Ph.D. 1944). He served in the Canadian Army from 1944 to 1946. Professor Roper taught English at Yale University from 1939 to 1940; at the University of Chicago from 1941 to 1944 and in 1946; at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 1946 to 1969 and at Trent University from 1969 to 1975. He researched and wrote extensively on a number of English Literature subjects including Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Robertson Davies. Roper was a founding member of the Melville Society and an advisor to the Centre for the Editing of Early Canadian Texts. He was a key figure in the building of the Shell Collection of Canadian Literature for Bata Library at Trent University.
This fonds was created by and in the custody of Gordon Roper before it was donated to Trent University Archives.
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This fonds consists of two Christmas greeting cards sent to the Ropers by Ned and Vi Pratt. The card dated 1953 called "Night" with woodcut illustration by their daughter, Claire Pratt, contains a simple seasonal greeting. The other card, undated, contains a poem called "Magic in Everything", and is embellished with pen and ink decorations by Claire Pratt. Both cards are enclosed in a Trinity College envelope. Also included are three paper fragments: a typewritten one presumably quoting an aphorism by Pratt; a handwritten note referring to pages 380 and 396 in the volume Collected Poems in Roper's handwriting; and another reference to page 230.
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This fonds was donated by Gordon Roper.
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This fonds along with 95-015 is an addition to 87-002.
The 5 items in this fonds were discovered loosely inserted inside the volume Collected Poems signed by Gordon Roper, and housed now in Special Collections, Bata Library (call # PS 8531 .R3 A17 1958, barcode 0116404395307). According to Trent University professor Zailig Pollock, "Magic in Everything" by Pratt is unpublished.