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CULTURE MONTRÉAL NEWSLETTER, Jan 17 06

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CULTURE MONTRÉAL NEWSLETTER
January 17, 2006
Irving Layton (1912-2006)

Israel Pincu Lazarovitch, a.k.a. Irving Layton, earned local fame at birth as he was born naturally circumcised, which orthodox Jews believe is a mark of the Messiah. Born in Romania, he immigrated to Montréal with his family when he was a year old. A poet, novelist and essayist, Layton is the most well known of a group of Montréal poets who broke from Romantic poetry in the 1940s. His work is marked by great sensitivity and contempt for what he considered the hypocrisy of society. Among the many publications of this prolific writer is A Red Carpet for the Sun (1959), which won a Governor General’s Literary Award. In 1981, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Irving Layton taught extensively throughout his life and drew large audiences to his lectures and talks. He died in Montréal on January 4, 2006, at the age of 93.

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