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Rienzi Crusz fonds : 2014 accrual.
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- Crusz, Rienzi
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39 cm of textual records and other materials. - 2 audio compact discs (71 min. 53 sec.)
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Rienzi Crusz was a poet and retired librarian living in Waterloo, ON. Born in Galle, Sri Lanka, Crusz was educated at the University of Ceylon (B.A. Hons.) and was employed as Chief Research Librarian for the Central Bank of Ceylon. After emigrating to Canada in 1965, he attended the University of Toronto (B.L.S.) and the University of Waterloo (M.A.). He worked at the University of Toronto Library and in 1969 was appointed as a reference and collections development librarian at the University of Waterloo, a position he held until his retirement in 1993.
His creative work first began to appear in periodicals and newspapers in 1968, and in 1974, his first collection of poems was published under the title Flesh and thorn. Since then, numerous other collections have been published. Crusz is an active voice among Canadian immigrant poets, and his work depicts the contrasts between South Asian and Canadian life. In 1994, he won the literature award in the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards.
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Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by Rienzi Crusz, primarily relating to his professional life. Includes materials relating to his creative process; the critical reception of his work; his activities as a poet; and biographical materials. Includes ms. and ts. drafts of poems and works by Rienzi, poems published in anthologies and journals, works by others, correspondence, as well as materials relating to grants and proposals, biographical information, sound recordings and more.
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Donated by Rienzi Crusz in 2014.
Series arrangement loosely follows that of the original finding aid with some modification. Not all series numbers may be present.
Arranged in series as follows:
1.01. Manuscripts : Poems : Individual;
1.02. Manuscripts : Books;
1.03. Manuscripts : Title Pages, Contents, Illustrations;
4.01. Biographical : General;
4.02. Biographical : Clippings;
4.05. Proposals : Publications, Research;
4.08. Works by Rienzi Crusz : Announcements;
4.09.1. Works by Rienzi Crusz : Reviews;
4.09.2. Works by Rienzi Crusz : Criticisms and Analysis;
5.01. Poems : Published in Anthologies;
5.02. Poems : Published in Periodicals;
6.01. Miscellaneous : Biographical Notes on Other Poets;
6.02. Miscellaneous : Works by Others;
6.05. Sound Recordings.
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Described by Jessica Blackwell, fall 2014.