Eric McCormack papers, 1970-2004
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Born in Scotland, Eric McCormack came to Canada in 1966 (after completing an M.A. in English Literature at the University of Glasgow) to study at the University of Manitoba where he earned his Ph.D. His career at St. Jerome's began in 1970 where he taught for over thirty years in the English Department specializing in 17th century and contemporary literature. He retired in 2004.
While at St. Jerome's he served as Chair of the Department, spent time organizing the Canada Council Reading Series, sat on the University of Waterloo's Writer-in-Residence committee for many years, and gave the annual Friends of the Library Lecture at the University of Waterloo in 1998 (among many other talks, lectures, and addresses over the years).
Professor McCormack also established himself as a major Canadian literary figure publishing novels, short stories and poetry. His works are a blend of absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction, gothic horror, and the search for identity and personal meaning. As well he was sought after as a literary judge; he was a judge of the prose entries in 2000 for the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards, a co-judge in the novel category for the 2002 ReLit Awards, and a judge for the 2003 Grand River Life Short Story contest.
1988 Commonwealth Writers Prize/Caribbean Division
1990 Spring book Award, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
1990 nominated for the People's Prize for Fiction
1997 short-listed for the Governor General's Award
1999 awarded the Literary Award at the 11th K-W Arts Awards
2003 finalist for the Toronto Book Award
Inspecting the Vaults, 1987
The Paradise Motel, 1989
The Mysterium, 1993
First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, 1997
The Dutch Wife, 2002
In 2000 Professor McCormack donated his personal archive of 25 years of creative output to the University of Waterloo, housed in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room.
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The records for Professor Eric McCormack includes newspaper articles on his books and career as well as reviews of his books, a copy of a book review he wrote for the Globe and Mail, a list of his publications (to 1997 only), and a transcript of the speech given by St. Jerome's President, Doug Letson, at his retirement dinner.
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- 3 cm. of textual records
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St. Jerome's University is located in Waterloo, Ontario, and is situated in the University of Waterloo. It was founded as St. Jerome's College in 1865 by the Congregation of the Resurrection. In 1959, it was granted university status and changed its name to the University of St. Jerome's College. It has been federated with the University of Waterloo since 1960. In 1998, the name was officially changed to St. Jerome's University.