Literature

These digital collections feature works by and about prominent literary figures.


Audrey Alexandra Brown Collection
Portrait of A. A. Brown

Audrey Alexandra Brown Collection

Audrey Alexandra Brown was born in Nanaimo, B.C. in 1904. She published five volumes of verse, a diary, and newspaper articles, earning her the Lorne Pierce medal in 1944 and the Order of Canada in 1967.

See also: Audrey Alexandra Brown fonds


From the Print Collection
Detail from the first page of Lippincott's

From the Print Collection

This selection of books have been digitized for preservation purposes where the original is too fragile to be repaired or rebound and/or too valuable to discard. In some cases we have additional copies available for viewing or loan; in others, the digital edition is our last remaining copy.


Gisele Freund Photographs of James Joyce in Paris
James Joyce pictured with his grandson

Gisele Freund Photographs of James Joyce in Paris

This exhibit features a series of photographs taken by Gisèle Freund featuring James Joyce during his last years in Paris.

Many of the photographs in the exhibit were previously unpublished and are presented under an agreement with the Estate of Gisèle Freund/IMEC Images.

See also: From Paris to Victoria: The Gisèle Freund Photographs of James Joyce

This online exhibit is a digital version of an exhibit held at the University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives, which was the first time Gisèle Freund's James Joyce photographs had been shown in Canada. Special Collections houses Freund's personal and public material relating to the book, James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years.


Literature Collection
Abbey Theatre tray cloth

Literature Collection

Throughout the Victorian period, novels in serial parts were published in abundance in newspapers and magazines, by far the most popular form, or in discreet parts issued in instalments, usually twenty monthly issues.

Many 19th century authors established themselves by first publishing original fiction in serial format. Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Robert Louis Stevenson and more, all published serial novels, either in monthly magazines or as discreet serial parts.


Robert Graves Diary, 1935-1939
An image from the diary

Robert Graves Diary, Deya, 1935-1939

Robert Graves (1895-1985) is a major 20th-century English poet, novelist and essayist. After founding the Seizin Press he moved to Deya, Majorca.

Graves' diary manuscript includes 1,546 pages including 117 enclosures: letters, clippings, photographs post cards, notes, games, etc.

See also: Robert Graves collection


Robert Graves Malahat Review Photographs
Robert Graves, 1974

Robert Graves Malahat Review Photographs

Photographs taken to supplement the July, 1975 edition of the University of Victoria's Malahat Review, issue number 35 edited by Robin Skelton and William David Thomas. The edition was subtitled "A Gathering in Celebration of the Eightieth Birthday of Robert Graves".

See also: Robert Graves collection


Victorian Early Novels Collection
19th century serials

Victorian Early Novels Collection

Throughout the Victorian period, novels in serial parts were published in abundance in newspapers and magazines, by far the most popular form, or in discreet parts issued in instalments, usually twenty monthly issues.

Many 19th century authors established themselves by first publishing original fiction in serial format. Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Robert Louis Stevenson and more, all published serial novels, either in monthly magazines or as discreet serial parts.


Wyndham Lewis
Tarr, dustwrapper from the 1918 Egoist Press edition

Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis, (1882–1957), artist and writer, is perhaps best known for forming a group of artists and writers known as the Vorticists (a term created by poet Ezra Pound in early 1914). Ezra Pound arranged for Tarr, Lewis’s first novel, to be published in serial form in The Egoist magazine (1916-1917) while Lewis was serving during WWI.

See also: Wyndham Lewis collection