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Thursday, January 5th, 2006
Poet Irving Layton dies in Montreal at age 93
By: Wire Services

MONTREAL — Irving Layton, whose gritty, satiric and erotic poems left an indelible mark on Canada’s literary landscape, died Wednesday. He was 93.

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

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.

Among Layton’s former students was Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, Blobstein said. Layton was the first non-Italian to receive Italy’s Petrarch Award for Poetry.


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