|The William Ready Division|
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Cohen, Matt, 1942-
Matt Cohen fonds. – 1939-2003; predominant 1960-2003. – 22.1 m of textual records and graphic material. – 34 computer disks.
Matt Cohen, writer and translator, was born on 30 December 1942, in Kingston, Ont. He was educated at the University of Toronto, graduating with a BA in Political Economy in 1964, followed by a Master's degree in Political Science in 1965. He taught at McMaster University in the Department of Religion in 1967-1968. Cohen was Writer-in-Residence at Rochdale College (1968), University of Alberta (1975-1976), the University of Western Ontario (1981), the University of Bologna (1985), and Toronto Reference Library (1997). He also taught writing at the University of Victoria in 1979-1980. In his own writing Cohen employed a variety of literary forms–short story, poetry, song, novella and full-length novel. He also wrote children's books using the pseudonym of "Teddy Jam". Cohen was the recipient of numerous awards and honours and his work has been translated into many languages. He died on 2 December 1999, shortly after winning the Governor General's Award for his novel Elizabeth and After.
Cohen was married three times, first to Arden Ford, then to Susan Bricker and finally to Patsy Aldana. After his marriage to Susan Bricker ended, he lived for a time with Katherine Govier. In 1978 he met Patricia Aldana with whom he shared the rest of his life. Patsy had two children, Carlota ("Coca") and Seth McAllister, from an earlier marriage. With Patsy, Cohen had two children, Daniel and Madeleine. Cohen purchased a farm near Bellrock, north of Kingston, Ont. and lived there and also in Toronto until his death. Cohen and his family also lived for extended periods in Spain, France and Italy.
There have been thirteen accruals. The first six accruals do not have accession numbers. The first accrual measures 4.25 m, and is arranged into the following series: manuscripts; correspondence; reviews of Cohen's work. The second accrual measures .3 m, and is arranged into the following series: correspondence; university material; other material. The third accrual measures .6 m, and is arranged into the following series: manuscripts; correspondence; other material. The fourth accrual measures 1.3 m, and is arranged into the following series: drafts of The Spanish Doctor; other material. The fifth accrual measures 1.8 m, and is arranged into the following series: book manuscripts; other manuscript material–short stories. The sixth accrual measures .3 m, and consists of manuscripts. The seventh accrual (03-1998) measures 1 m, and is arranged into the following series: book manuscripts; articles, short stories, scripts and reviews; personal and other material; personal correspondence; business correspondence, publicity, clippings and other. The eighth accrual (40-1991) measures 2 m, and is arranged into the following series: mss. and tss of The Spanish Doctor, Living on Water, Freud: The Paris Notebooks, and Emotional Arithmetic; mss. and tss. of reviews and articles; translations; reviews of Cohen's books. The ninth accrual (08-1994) measures 1.4 m, and is arranged into the following series: manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of The Bookseller, Freud: The Paris Notebooks, and Lives of the Mind Slaves; correspondence; typescripts and proofs related to Voix Paralléles/Parallel Voices; translations; correspondence with publishers; reviews, short stories and essays; printed literature either by Cohen or related to him. The tenth accrual (23-1997) measures 2 m, and is arranged into the following series: novel, screenplay, translations, short stories, book reviews, and other material; correspondence. The eleventh (48-2002) and twelfth (33-2003) accruals measure 6.6 m, and have been combined into one finding aid. The eleventh accrual is arranged into three series: correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts, computer prints and proofs; appointment calendars, address books, personal documents, photographs, printed materials. Most of the twelfth accrual has been arranged in a fourth series, legal and financial, including royalty statements. Accompanying the eleventh accrual were several books by Cohen which have been catalogued for Research Collections. A listing of the books can be found in the Master file. The thirteenth accrual (21-2008) measures 21.5 cm and consists of early correspondence and a small amount of writing.
Title based on content of fonds.