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Audrey Thomas fonds. - 1953-1993. - 19 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Short-story writer and novelist, Audrey Thomas (née Callahan) was born in Binghampton, New York in 1935. She received a B.A. from Smith College in 1957 and a M.A. in English from the University of British Columbia in 1963 where she worked towards a Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon language and literature. Thomas married sculptor and art teacher, Ian Thomas whom she met during a year abroad at St. Andrew's University in Scotland. They immigrated to Canada in 1959, settled in British Columbia, and had three daughters. The Thomases lived for two years in Ghana where Ian Thomas taught from 1964 to 1966. Following her return to Vancouver, Audrey Thomas published her first collection of stories, Ten Green Bottles (1967), and then several novels: Mrs. Blood (1970), Songs My Mother Taught Me (1973), Latakia (1979), and Real Mothers (1981), a collection of stories. In her work, Thomas experiments with narrative method and use of language to depict women's sense of emotional alienation, struggling with the dark side of the self, or hovering on the verge of disintegration. Thomas received the Marian Engel Award in 1987 and the Canada-Australia Literary Prize in 1990. She has won the B.C. Book Prize for fiction three times: for her novel Intertidal Life (1985), the short story collection Wild Blue Yonder (1991), and most recently for the novel Coming down from Wa (1995). She was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and Commonwealth Literature Prize in 1996. Thomas has taught creative writing at the University of Victoria and at the University of British Columbia and has been writer-in-residence at Concordia University, at Simon Fraser University, among others. Thomas lives on Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Scope and Content

The Audrey Thomas fonds includes correspondence; research notes, manuscripts and typescripts for Ten Green Bottles, Mrs. Blood, Songs My Mother Taught Me, Latakia, Intertidal Life, Goodbye Harold, Good Luck, Graven Images and Wild Blue Yonder, as well as, for published and unpublished short stories, radio plays, articles and reviews; documents concerning professional activities; early writings; education and teaching; and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from Audrey Thomas in two instalments. [1989-03, 1994-14]

In 1992, the University of British Columbia transferred to the National Library of Canada a part of the Audrey Thomas fonds which had been acquired in the 1970s. [1992-17]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some restrictions on consultation.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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