Archief SC085 - Rona Murray fonds

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Rona Murray fonds

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  • 1940 - 2003 (Vervaardig)

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25 m of textual records and other material

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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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The fonds consists firstly, of correspondence, incoming and outgoing (1945-2003): business, personal, and professional, including among the correspondents: Earle Birney, Susan Musgrave, Howard O'Hagan, P. K. Page, Jane Rule, Robin Skelton, Phyllis Webb, George Woodcock, and many others; secondly, of manuscripts of her own work - principally, her many works of poetry, drama, reviews, and prose, including her books: Journey Back To Peshawar ; Memory of Elsewhere-and the play A Family of Sorts. There are also manuscript of some of her colleagues - including J. Michael Yates, Michael Walbank, Theresa Kishkan, and Robin Skelton; thirdly, of materials from several literary organizations that she was involved with, including the Victoria Literary Arts Festival and the League of Canadian Poets - Women's Caucus ; fourthly, of ephemera, including photographs. The fonds consists of correspondence between Rona Murray and Phyllis Serota and a first draft typescript of "Adam and Eve in Middle Age".


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Includes 4 video reels; 61 sound tapes; 64 computer disks; 36 photographs.

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Revised by JF, August 8, 2013.

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