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Canadian poet Irving Layton died Wednesday 4th in a Montreal care facility where had been living since 2000. Layton was one of Canada's leading poets but, I'll admit, not a poet whose work I knew anything about until I read Ellis:


Irving Layton was a towering figure in twentieth century Canadian literature. He was born into a Jewish family in Rumania in 1912, shortly before they immigrated to Canada the following year. He was a prolific writer, publishing over 40 books during half a century of writing. Layton was best known for his poetry, much of which was written in a loose, confessional mode. In the mid-century he helped lead the rebellion against a stuffy, genteel Canadian poetic tradition which aped British verse.

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