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Whither Montreal intellectuals?

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There's surprisingly little smoking in this 1956 panel discussion, but with Morley Callaghan and Irving Layton together, you're guaranteed some verbal fire. Playwright and commentator Ted Allan and University of Toronto Quarterly editor Douglas Grant join the argument as practiced controversialist Callaghan supplies the contentious argument: "The opinion that Montreal has a dazzling intellectual life is a myth."

Medium: Television
Program: Fighting Words
Broadcast Date: Dec. 9, 1956
Guest(s): Ted Allan, Morley Callaghan, Douglas Grant, Irving Layton
Host: Nathan Cohen
Duration: 12:21

Did You know?


• Irving Layton, born Israel Pincu Lazarovitch, was nominated for the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, but Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez eventually took the prize. In 2013 Alice Munro was the first Canadian to win Nobel for literature.


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