Murray, Rona, 1924-2003

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Murray, Rona, 1924-2003

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1924-2003

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Rona Murray (1924-2003) was born in London, England but lived in India, until she was eight, where her father commanded a Ghurka regiment . She came to Vancouver Island, Canada in 1932 and graduated from Queen Margaret's School (Duncan, B.C.) in 1941 and then studied at Mills College, Oakland, California until 1944. She received a B.A. from Victoria College (1961), an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia (1963) and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1972). In 1944 Murray married Gerry Hadden and had 3 children. She later divorced, and married ceramics artist Walter Dexter with whom she collaborated on The Art of Earth (1993). Murray was a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and reviewer. She has written or edited 13 books, 5 of which were poetry. She taught for 25 years across British Columbia, including periods at Douglas College, Selkirk College, Castlegar, UVic, and UBC.

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