Rick Salutin (1942- ), playwright and journalist, was born in Toronto and educated in Brandeis University, Massachusetts in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies (B.A.), Columbia University, New York in religion (M.A.), and worked on a Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. After returning to Toronto in 1970, Salutin worked as a trade-union organizer and journalist and has written on a variety of issues for magazines such as Harper’s , Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Weekend, Saturday Night, Quest, TV Times, Today, and This magazine, of which he was an editor and is now a contributing editor. He also writes a weekly column for the Globe and Mail, Toronto. As a dramatist, Salutin has written and produced a series of plays, including: Fanshen (1972), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (1973), which won a Chalmers Outstanding Play Award, The Adventures of An Immigrant (1974), The False Messiah (1975), Les Canadiens (1977), which won a second Chalmers Award, Nathan Cohen: A Review (1981), Joey (1981), and S: Portrait of a Spy (1984). Other titles of Salutin’s novels, collections of essays and political commentaries include: Marginal Notes: Challenges to the Mainstream (1984), Spadina Avenue (1985), A Man of Little Faith (1988), Waiting For Democracy: A Citizen’s Journal (1989), Living in a Dark Age (1991), and The Age of Improv: A Political Novel of the Future (1995).
The fonds consists of: manuscripts and drafts of Salutin’s publications and theatre, TV, and radio productions, including Fanshen, 1837, Maria, Gorongosa, The Mirror of Hockey, The Reluctant Patriot, The False Messiah, Joey, Portrait of a Spy, Les Canadiens, and others; correspondences (1973-1997); resource material (1969-1978); lectures, awards, conferences, and travel files (1979-1994); This magazine file (1977-1991); and audio cassettes of Salutin’s works.
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Inventory number: F0193