Friday, January 13, 2006

Washington Times article Jan 13
Canadian poet Irving Layton dead at 93
Jan. 13, 2006 at 5:20PM

Canadian poet Irving Layton has died in Montreal, Quebec, at age 93.

Layton died Jan. 4 from Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in 1994, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Layton published more than 40 volumes of verse and prose dating to the mid-1940's and was given his country's highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1976. He was born Irving Peter Lazarovitch in a small town in Romania and moved with his family to Canada. Layton was both influential and controversial and described himself as "a quiet madman, never far from tears," the Times said.

He lectured and taught as a professor and poet in residence at a number of Canadian colleges and universities into the late 1980s. Layton was married five times. He is survived by Anna Pottier, who he married in 1984, as well as two sons and two daughters.


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