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KINSELLA, W.P., 1935-

W.P. Kinsella fonds. - 1973-1998. - 29 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

W.P. Kinsella was born in 1935, 60 miles west of Edmonton, Alberta. Kinsella worked in the business world for 20 years before earning his B.A. in creative writing from the University of Victoria (1974) and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop (1978). From 1978 until 1983 when he began to write full-time, Kinsella taught creative writing and modern literature at the University of Calgary. Kinsella's novels occur in two types of settings: stories situated in the world of Native reserves in southern Alberta and baseball-inspired fictions set in the American Midwest. His best-known baseball-inspired novel is Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa (1980), which was later adapted as the film Field of Dreams (1989). Stories with Native characters are included in the collections: Dance Me Outside (1977), The Thrill of the Grass (1984), and Brother Frank's Gospel Hour (1994). Among other awards, Kinsella won the prestigious Houghton-Mifflin Award and the Books in Canada first novel award for Shoeless Joe, as well as the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1987 for The Fencepost Chronicles. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994.

Scope and Content

The W.P. Kinsella fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts of both published and unpublished poetry, short stories and novels, including Dance Me Outside, Scars, Born Indian, The Moccasin Telegraph and Other Stories, The Thrill of the Grass, Shoeless Joe, and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy; book reviews and articles; cassette tapes; clippings and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from W.P. Kinsella in four accessions. [1984-08, 1988-11, 1992-09, 1998-08]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some correspondence restricted.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for the first and second accessions.

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