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Jane Urquhart fonds. - 1976-1995. - 4 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Novelist and poet, Jane Urquhart, was born in Geraldton, Ontario in 1949. She received from the University of Guelph a B.A. in English in 1971 and a B.A. in Art History in 1976. Her earliest publications were of poetry, I'm Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace (1982), her first published work, was a collaborative effort with her husband artist Tony Urquhart. Her first novel, The Whirlpool (1986), links the stories of three 19th century Canadians through use of the symbol of the whirlpool. The Whirlpool is the first Canadian book to win France's prestigious Prix de meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Through its success, Urquhart gained significant national and international prominence as an author. Her novel Away (1993), encompasses aspects of both Irish and Canadian history as told through the lives of four generations of women. She has earned a reputation as a major Canadian novelist whose ability to incorporate Canadian history into present-day narratives is superlative. Her fourth novel, The Underpainter (1997) received the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Other honours include the Marian Engel Award (1994) for an outstanding body of prose written by a Canadian woman. In 1996 she was named a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. As a reviewer for the Globe and Mail and various literary journals, her opinion is widely sought. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa, Memorial University and the University of Toronto.

Scope and Content

The Jane Urquhart fonds includes material that documents her literary career up to 1995 and includes diaries and notebooks; professional correspondence; published works; articles and reviews; critical reception, publicity, and promotional material. The second accession includes the various drafts of Away, as well as, documents relating to her growing list of professional activities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Jane Urquhart in two installments. [1993-01, 1998-01]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: researchers must obtain the permission of Jane Urquhart in order to consult this fonds.

Finding Aid: finding aids available.

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