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Irving Layton

Irving Layton (Israel Pincu Lazarovitch) was born in 1912 in Tirgu Neamt, Romania. Layton came to Montreal with his family before he was one. He attained a BSc in agriculture at Macdonald College in 1939. Following a stint in the Canadian Army, he did graduate work in political science at McGill. rnrnA poet, short story writer, and essayist, Layton was perhaps the most well-known of the Montreal poets, a group of young poets who engaged in a battle against romanticism in poetry in the 1940’s. Layton published many poetry collections, including A Red Carpet for the Sun (1959), which won the Governor General’s Award. Layton was poet-in-residence at various Canadian universities and was professor of English at York University 1969-78. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1981. He passed away on January 4, 2006.

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