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Irving Layton, Poet
March 12, 1912 - January 04, 2006

Renowned Canadian poet, Irving Layton, has died at a long-term care facility at the age of 93. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994 and had been suffering from the late stages of the disease.

Layton's poetry has been described as gritty, satiric and erotic and in over more than 50 years, he published over 40 books for poetry and prose. In 1976, Layton was named to the Order of Canada and he was also nominated twice for a Nobel Prize in literature. He has the first non-Italian to receive Italy's Petrarch Award for Poetry and he held several university posts as poet-or writer-in-residence.

Layton was born Israel Lazarovitch in Romania and was the seventh and final child of Moses, a Jewish bookkeeper, and his wife Klara. His family emigrated to Canada when he was just a year old and ended up settling in Montreal, Quebec. The neighbourhood where he grew up was a tough one, giving him material for many of his poems.

Layton taught junior high school in Montreal for many years. He made a name for himself writing for First Statement, a small Montreal-based literary magazine. But it wasn't until the publication of A Red Carpet for the Sun, which won him a Governor General's Award in 1959, that his poetry gained recongition.

Layton was married five times and had four children with his various wives.
Irving Layton, Poet

Mar 12, 1912 - Jan 04, 2006

Rich Baines
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Relationship: Student
Date Signed Jan 05, 2006
Comments: With Two Pitchforks Blazing....
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Peg Mccabe
WALLINGFORD, Pennsylvania, USA
Relationship: Admirer
Date Signed Jan 05, 2006
Comments: Forever in our hearts
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Jessica Miedema
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Relationship: Admirer
Date Signed Jan 05, 2006
Comments: We will always remember him

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