Friday, January 06, 2006

Prolific Writer, Guardian Unlimited, UK, Jan 6 06,1282,-5526764,00.html

Irving Layton

MONTREAL (AP) - Irving Layton, a prolific writer and one of Canada's top poets, died. He was 93.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, Layton died Wednesday in a long-term care facility surrounded by caregivers and longtime friend Musia Schwartz, said Lisa Blobstein, spokeswoman for the Maimonides Geriatric Centre.

Layton published more than 40 books of poetry and prose over more than five decades, making his way to the top of Canada's literary hierarchy.

Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotter said Layton ``taught me how to think.'' Layton taught for many years. He held university posts as poet-or writer-in-residence and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature in 1982. Layton was named to the Order of Canada in 1976 - Canada's highest honor.

His gritty, satiric and erotic poems often shocked critics in the 1940s and 1950s.


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