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Jack Hodgins fonds. - 1951-1995 - 15.3 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Manuscript page of Jack Hodgins' THE MACKEN CHARM

Manuscript page from Jack Hodgins' The Macken Charm.

Hodgins was born in 1938 and raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, whose landscape and people form the basis for his fictional settings and characters. He attended Earle Birney's creative-writing workshop while a Bachelor of Education student at the University of British Columbia. He continued to write evenings and weekends while teaching English to secondary-school students in the Nanaimo district between 196l and 1979. A writer and teacher, Hodgins is in demand to edit anthologies and writing texts. These include Voice and Vision (1972), The West Coast Experience (1976), Teaching Short Fiction (1978), and A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction (1994). He has been a writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University and the University of Ottawa, and gives fiction workshops in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.

The publication of Spit Delaney's Island (1976), a collection of short stories, was followed by two successful novels: The Invention of the World (1977), and The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne (1979), which won a Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Other more recent titles include Left behind in Squabble Bay (1988), The Honorary Patron (1990), Innocent Cities (1990), Over Forty in Broken Hill (1992) and The Macken Charm (1995). Hodgins received the Gibson First Novel award, the Eaton's BC Books Award, and the Canada-Australia Award. His works have been translated into Japanese, Norwegian, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian and Italian. His most recent novel, Broken Ground (1998), depicts the struggles of the settlers to break ground on land given to First World War veterans on Vancouver Island.

Scope and Content

The Jack Hodgins fonds includes correspondence; drafts, revisions, manuscripts and typescripts for published books; manuscripts and typescripts of unpublished and abandoned works; notes, galleys and other documents relating to anthologies he edited. The second accession [1989-05] consists of correspondence with publishers, editors and magazines; notes, drafts, manuscripts for Left behind in Squabble Bay, Innocent Cities, A Passion for Narrative, The Macken Charm, Over Forty in Broken Hill; manuscripts for short stories, radio dramas, reviews and afterwords. The third accession of the fonds complements the earlier accessions and includes correspondence during the years 1990 to 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Jack Hodgins in three accessions. [1984-04, 1989-05, 1996-06]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some restrictions on access.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for first accession; preliminary listing available for second and third accessions.

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