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Garvin, John W.
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- Catley, Elaine Maud
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Elaine Maud Clark was born November 14, 1889 in Bath, England, daughter of Frederick Charles and Annie Matilda (Whittington) Clark. Educated in private schools in Guildford, Surrey, Elaine married Sydney Charles William Catley in December 29, 1915. After he served in the Imperial Forces for four years they settled in Calgary, Alberta, in 1920, where they raised four children.
Elaine began writing verse when just thirteen, and won three prizes from John O'London's Weekly. In Canada her poetry and journalism regularly appeared in the Calgary Herald and other papers. Active in the Canadian Authors Association and the Canadian Women's Press Club, she included Nellie McClung, Laura Goodman Salverson, W.T. Allison and John W. Garvin among her friends. Her six volumes of verse span a career of 58 years. Elaine died in Calgary July 29, 1984.
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Date: 1935.05.07 Place from: Toronto, Ont. To: Catley, Elaine M. From: Garvin, John W.
Response to letter from Catley regarding her poetry. Includes praise for "a marked improvement in [her] verse" and a request to have include some of her poems in a revised edition of Canadian Poets and Humorous Verse by Canadian Authors.
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Blue pen inscription by Catley: John Garvin / died soon after / + the revised / edition of his / "Canadian Poets" / did not - as far / as I know - appear.