Wilfrid and Magdelana Eggleston Donation

October 3, 2005 - February 28, 2006

The life of Canadian author and scholar Wilfrid Eggleston came full circle with the donation of his extensive book collection to the University of Lethbridge Library. Eggleston, first full-time director of Carleton's journalism school, was raised in Orion, Alberta and got his first taste of newswriting at the Lethbridge Herald under Senator William Buchanan. He went on to work for the Toronto Star, was a successful freelance writer and, during World War II, was drawn into censorship duties.

The author of some 16 books, Eggleston's love of literature and interest in Canadian writing led him to compile a vast book collection containing many autographed first editions. Eggleston died in 1986 and his collection of 3000 books was donated to the University Library by his wife, Magdelana. The collection, which was sought by Carleton, Queen's University, and the National Library, represents a wealth of classic works of Canadian literature and history. Included are materials by Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman, Malcolm Lowry, Stephen Leacock, Hugh MacLennan, Charles G.D. Roberts, and local writers such as J.D. Higinbotham and Donald Buchanan.


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