Glassco, John

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Glassco, John Gender: M
born on 15 December 1909 at 00:10 (= 12:10 AM )
Place Montréal, Quebec (CAN), 45n31, 73w34
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°37' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 20°54 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 27°51'


Canadian poet, memoirist and novelist. He is remembered for his poems, translations, and by by some for his erotica. Born in Montreal to a monied family, John Glassco (Buffy to his friends) was educated at Selwyn House School, Bishop's College School, Lower Canada College, and finally McGill University. At McGill he moved on the fringes of the Montreal Group of poets centred on that campus. Glassco wrote for the McGill Fortnightly Review. Glassco left McGill without graduating to go to Paris with his friend, Graeme Taylor, when he was 17 years old. The two settled in the Montparnasse district of Paris which was then extremely popular amongst the literary intelligentsia. Their three-year stay formed the basis of Glassco's Memoirs of Montparnasse (1970), a description of expatriate life in Paris during the 1920s.

The book is presented as a genuine memoir, although Glassco had lightly fictionalized some aspects of the work. In it, he describes meeting various celebrities who were living in or passing through Paris at the time, such as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Ford Maddox Ford, Frank Harris, Lord Alfred Douglas and others. In the notes to the republished edition in 2007 further characters are identified as thinly disguised descriptions of Man Ray, Peggy Guggenheim and others.

Glassco, a bisexual, was, in the words of Leon Edel, “a bit frightened by certain kinds of women and nearly always delighted if he could establish a triangle.”

In 1931 Glassco contracted tuberculosis. He returned to Canada and was hospitalized. In 1935, after having a lung removed, he retired to the town of Foster in Quebec's Eastern Townships. He served as mayor of Foster from 1952 to 1954.

Glassco went on to earn a strong reputation as a poet. His Selected Poems won Canada's top honor for poetry, the Governor General's Award, in 1971.

Glassco died on 29 January 1981.

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Source Notes

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The biography A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco by Brian Busby quotes the time of birth. Sy Scholfield pointed to this source in his blog. The time 0:10 is guesswork interpretation of the wording "shortly after midnight".


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