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Carol Shields fonds. - 1954-1998. - 23 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Early draft of the BIRTH chapter of Carol Shields' THE STONE DIARIES

Early draft of the "Birth" chapter of Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries, December 1990.

Novelist, poet and playwright, Carol Shields (née Warner) was born in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois in 1935. Encouraged by her parents and her teachers, Shields began writing at an early age, producing articles and sonnets for her high-school paper and literary journal. She studied at Hanover College, Indiana (B.A.), the University of Exeter in England, and the University of Ottawa, where she received her M.A. in 1975. She married Donald Hugh Shields in 1957. They moved to Canada and the couple raised five children. Shields taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Manitoba, where she was on faculty until 1999. Shields' poetic works include Others (1972), Intersect (1974), and Coming to Canada (1992), though she is best known as a novelist. Her first novel, Small Ceremonies, won the Canadian Author's Association Award for best novel of 1977. Other works include The Box Garden (1977), Happenstance (1980), A Fairly Conventional Woman (1982 ) and Swann: A Mystery (1987). Early in her career, Shields received the Marion Engel Award for a Canadian woman writer in 1970. Her more recent works include The Republic of Love (1992) and The Stone Diaries (1993) which won both a Governor General's Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and Larry's Party, which was short-listed for the Giller Prize in 1997 and which won the Orange Prize in 1998. Shields has also written several successful dramatic works, including Thirteen Hands (1993) which premièred at Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange in 1993, and was co-produced by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto in 1997. Carol Shields was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa (1995), the University of British Columbia (1996), her American alma mater Hanover College (1996), Queen's University (1996), University of Winnipeg (1996), Concordia University (1998) and the University of Toronto (1998). Shields became the fifth Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg in 1996. She was a member of the Canada Council (1993-1997) and was nominated to the Order of Canada in July 1998.

Scope and Content

The Carol Shields fonds includes professional and personal correspondence; the early drafts of all of Shields's books (except Susanna Moodie: Voice and Vision); manuscripts of unpublished works; manuscripts of book reviews, essays and short stories; Canada Council materials; clippings, interviews, research materials for the Crestview Damaged Homeowners Association; university teaching records; Humber School for Writers teaching records; memorabilia, including old photos, diaries and daybooks, juvenilia and awards; and interviews with Shields on video and audiotape. These materials reflect the full range of Shields's activities as writer, critic, public figure, teacher, family member, as well as, reflecting her professional recognition and international popularity as an author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Carol Shields in 1994 and 1997. [1994-13, 1997-04]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some restrictions on access.

Finding Aid: finding aids available for both accessions.

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