McCormack, Eric P. fonds

Page of Eric McCormack hand corrected typescriptEric McCormack is widely-known as an author of fiction, reviewer, and academic. He was born in 1938. He grew up in the small impoverished industrial community of Bellshill, located thirty-two kilometres outside Glasgow. Here his father worked in the steel mill. Eric McCormack obtained a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. He then went on to teach at a high school in the mining town of Muirkirk in Scotland.

In 1966 he left Scotland to embark on his doctoral studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He wrote his PhD on Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. In 1970 he moved to take up a teaching post in the English Department of St. Jerome's College at the University of Waterloo and he remains there to this day. His areas of specialization are seventeenth century literature and contemporary literature.

As an author Eric McCormack started out on his career writing short stories which appeared in small literary journals including Prism International, West Coast Review, Malahat Review, and The New Quarterly. He has also written poetry over the years. In February 1987 his first book Inspecting the Vaults was released. This is a collection of nineteen short stories, thirteen of which had been previously published in literary magazines. His first novel, The Paradise Motel, was published in February 1989.

Eric McCormack became the focus of considerable media interest and his books were translated into many foreign languages. His next novel The Mysterium was released in 1989, and his most recent book First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, was published in 1997. Eric McCormack also frequently reviews for The Globe and Mail.

His works to date have received much critical acclaim. Eric McCormack has won and/or been nominated for many prestigious literary awards. In 1988 Eric McCormack was one of two recipients of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Canada Caribbean Region for his work Inspecting the Vaults. He was awarded the Spring Book Award by the Scottish Arts Council for his novel The Paradise Motel in 1990, and in the same year he was one of the nominees for the People's Prize for Fiction. In 1997 the author was short-listed for the Governor-General's Award for his work of fiction First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. In 1999 Eric McCormack was awarded the Literacy Award at the Eleventh K-W Arts Awards Ceremony. Eric McCormack has also read at many international and national literary festivals including Harbourfront, Vancouver, Ottawa, The Eden Mills Writers' Festival and the Elora Writers' Festival. He has also given readings at the University of Waterloo, at other universities, in local public libraries, in bookstores, and at other venues. (Source : GA117, Series 1, Files 1-1, 1-3 to 1-5, and 1-7 to 1-8)