Fonds MG1063 - Algy Smillie Noad Fonds

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Algy Smillie Noad Fonds

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  • approximately 1919-1950 (Creation)
    Noad, Algy Smillie, 1898-1952

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2 m of textual records

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An authority on comparative literature, Algy Noad was born in Lachine and educated at McGill, where he received his B.A. in 1919 and M.A. in 1921. From 1919 to 1920, he was the tutor of the son of President Mario Garcia Menocal of Cuba. He joined the English Department at McGill in 1921, and taught there until 1951. Noad published three text-books on English composition, helped to edit A Course in World Literature (Columbia University Press, 1927), and at the time of his death was working on a study of imaginary voyages in literature.

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Noad's papers document his research, and to a lesser extent, his teaching of English and comparative literature. They comprise 1.5 m of binders containing notes, clippings, extracts, and bibliographies on literary topics, e.g. imaginary voyages, memoires, the gentleman in satire, "Ossian", the young Byron, Spanish literature. A few binders contain lecture notes for his courses. Unbound materials include research notes on Ugo Foscolo and 19th century Italian poetry, lecture notes for courses in 19th century English poetry, files of clippings on 19th and 20th century writers, and bibliography cards for Elizabethan through 18th century literature.

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