Carol Shields

Carol Shields

Carol Shields

""Writing wasn't a career. It was just what I did."

A prolific author, dramatist, scholar and poet, Carol Warner was born in Oak Park, Illinois on June 2, 1935. She moved to Vancouver in 1957 after marrying a Canadian, Donald Hughes Shields, whom she met while studying at the University of Exeter, England.

While her young family was living in Manchester, England, she published her first short stories. In 1965, while living in Toronto, she won the C.B.C. Young Writer's Competition for poetry. In 1971 she became a Canadian citizen. In 1975 she completed an M.A. in English at the University of Ottawa.

In the years that followed Carol Shields combined an extremely successful career as an award winning writer with numerous university appointments. In 1998 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Carol Shields was unequivocal about her Canadian identity; in an interview with Maclean's in 1994 while she was residing temporarily in California she stated, "My Canada includes those landed immigrants and new citizens who live in Canada but were not born here. . . . I immigrated from the United States in 1957 as a young woman of 22 and have been a citizen for most of that time. Canada, for me, is home. I married my way into the country. Yesterday, my husband phoned a doctor in Berkeley to get an appointment and was obliged to listen to an advertisement for the clinic. Canadians would never stand for that. The whole market economy kind of presses on you here. It is such an imposition. On the other hand, the flowers are blooming as we speak.''

Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson identified one of Carol Shields's gifts as being her "extraordinary and loving ability to to take us into the lives of people you meet every day and make us care passionately about them."

The Works of Carol Shields
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1972 - Others - Poetry

1974 - Intersect - Poetry

1976 - Small Ceremonies

1976-1977 - The Box Garden

1980 - Happenstance

1982 - A Fairly Conventional Woman

1985 - Various Miracles - Short Stories

1987 - Swann

1989 - The Orange Fish - Short Stories

1990 - Departures and Arrivals - Drama

1991 - A Celibate Season written with Blanche Howard

1992 - The Republic of Love

1992 - Coming to Canada

1993 - The Stone Diaries

1997 - Larry's Party

1998 - Anniversary written with Dave Williamson - Drama

2000 - Dressing Up for the Carnival - Short Stories

2000 - Jane Austen - Biography

2001 - Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told - a collection of essays edited with Marjorie Anderson

2001 - Thirteen Hands and Other Plays - Drama

2002 - Unless

2003 - Dropped Threads 2: More of What We Aren't Told - a collection of essays edited with Marjorie Anderson


Adams, James. "Shields's talents gained world acclaim." The Globe and Mail. 18 Jul. 2003: A1/A6.

Brady, Diane. "My Canada includes....." Maclean's. 3 Jan. 1994: 18-19.

Caldwell, Rebecca and Alexandra Gill. "Readers mourn the loss of Shields." The Globe and Mail. 18 Jul. 2003: R3.

Hughes, Leslie. "The Shields diaries. (Pulitzer-prize winner Carol Shields)" Chatelaine. Apr. 1996: 110.

Martin, Sandra. "She crafted beauty out of the ordinary." The Globe and Mail. 18 Jul. 2003: R2.

Urquart, Jane. "Author's generosity of spirit enriched lives of her readers." The Globe and Mail. 18 Jul. 2003: A1/A6.

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