Tuesday, January 17, 2006

610 CKTB article, Jan 06

http://www.610cktb.com
CKTB Radio, St.Catherine's, Ontario

MONTREAL (CP) - Irving Layton, whose gritty, satiric and erotic poems left an indelible mark on Canada's literary landscape, has died. He was 93.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, Layton died in a long-term care facility in Montreal. A prolific writer, Layton published more than 40 books of poetry and prose over more than five decades, clawing his way to the top of the CanLit hierarchy.

He was named to the Order of Canada in 1976, held several university posts as poet-or writer-in-residence and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature in 1982.

Layton was the first non-Italian to receive Italy's Petrarch Award for Poetry.

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