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Clara Bernhardt

Submitted by anpoesch on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:48pm

Letter to Neil Tracy.
1940 November 21.
1 item (2 p. on 1 leaf).

Canadian poet, novelist, composer and columnist born in Preston, Ontario, June 18, 1911. Stricken with polio at the age of eleven, she was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life and, because of this disability, her formal education ended after grade eight. She read voraciously to educate herself and turned to writing; her first published work, Eve's opportunity, appeared in an American magazine, Girlhood Days, when she was just seventeen years old. She went on to write thousands of poems, many of them published in various magazines and anthologies. She published five volumes of poetry, two novels and a book of songs. She was a columnist for the Preston Times and its successors for thirty years; she also wrote for the Canadian Red Cross and the Kitchener Waterloo Record. Her columns circulated in Canada and the U.S. for sixty years. She was awarded The Order of Ontario in 1991and died May 1, 1993 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Item is letter forwarding a copy of her self-published first book of poetry, Silent rhythm, to Mr. Tracy, and discussing spirituality, mutual acquaintances, music and her activities. She also thanks Mr. Tracy for his book of poems.

Typescript, signed with holograph postscript.
Removed from Special Collections copy of Silent rhythm / by Clara Bernhardt. - Preston, Ontario: Clara Bernhardt, 1939. Book is inscribed "To Neil Tracy - Whose eyes of the spirit can creat new worlds - Clara Bernhardt, Nov. 1940".
Text in English.
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MsC 349

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