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LUNN, JANET, 1928-

Janet Lunn fonds. - 1962-1991. - 4 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Manuscript page of the THE ROOT CELLAR by Janet Lunn

Manuscript page of the The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn.

Author of children's books, editor, and reviewer, Janet Lunn was born in Dallas, Texas in 1928. She came to Canada in 1946, studied at Queen's University (1947-1950), and was nearly 40 when she published her first book, The County, a history of Prince Edward County in Ontario. Lunn writes novels for young adults (often in historical settings), non-fiction about Canadian heroes and history, and has contributed text to several children's picture books. She was the children's editor for Clark, Irwin Publishers from 1972 to 1975, free-lance reviewer for other Canadian publishing houses, and lectured across the country on children's literature. She has adapted a fairy tale, Twelve Dancing Princesses, which was named one of the 10 best children's books of 1979 by the Canadian Library Association. Among her other honours, she has received the Vicki Metcalf Award for the body of her work from the Canadian Authors Association (1981), and the Book of the Year for Children Medal by the Canadian Library Association in 1981 for The Root Cellar.

Scope and Content

The Janet Lunn fonds consists of correspondence both personal and professional, drafts of all of her published works to date (including the recent The Story of Canada co-written with Christopher Moore), and her unpublished short stories. Also included are photographs, letters from readers, articles, reviews and promotional material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Janet Lunn in 1992. [1992-20]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary finding aid available.

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