This web site includes a selection of images and text from the display in the Porter Library (main floor). The exhibition features archival and manustcript material from the Rienzi Crusz Papers which are housed in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, Dana Porter Library.
The Exhibition took place 24 April 1998 to 29 May 1998.
While in Ceylon, Crusz was employed as Chief Research Librarian for the Central Bank of Ceylon. After emigration to Canada in 1965 Crusz first worked at the University of Toronto Library and was appointed in 1969 as a Reference and Collections Development Librarian at the University of Waterloo. He retired from that position in 1993.
Crusz began publishing in 1968 and has been published in a wide variety of periodicals, anthlogies and newspapers. In addition he has had several books published, the first separately printed work being Flesh and thorn in 1974, and has participated in a number of writing/poetry conferences.
An active voice among Canadian immigrant poets, the Canadian encyclopaedia (1988) described Crusz as one whom, among South Asian writers in Canada, "depicts in various ways the sharp contrasts between South Asian and Canadian life."
Crusz's papers have been described as follows: "This is an exceptionally comprehensive collection of papers of a leading immigrant poet and author who has, in his work, vividly described the immigrant life and experience in Canada. The solid run of correspondence, manuscripts and published contributions are a rich source and will attract the interest of ethnic-cultural and intellectual historians."
Elephant and Ice
The Rain Doesn't Know
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from: GA 70 Rienzi Crusz Papers
4. Biographical and critical promotional materials
4.11 Miscellaneous notes