Biographical Information on Timothy Findley

The following material was contributed by Paul Barnes, Derek Hayes, Lindsey Hume, Courtenay Lewis, and Candace Robicheau.

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The Life of Timothy Findley:

- Born in Toronto in 1930

- Until recently, lived just outside of Toronto near Cannington with his companion William Whitehead. New home will be in Europe.

- An actor in Canada from 1948-1962

- He was a member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, and was in Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker.

- Ruth Gordon (star of The Matchmaker) and Thornton Wilder (the playwright) helped to inspire Findley's writings.

- First novel was The Last of the Crazy People in 1967 and the second The Butterfly Plague in 1969. The Wars was published in 1977.

- The Last of The Crazy People and Butterfly Plague were rejected by Canadian Publishers and were first published in Britain.

- The Wars on the other hand changed things a great deal when it won the Governor General's Literary Award in Canada..

Findley's Plays:

- Can You See Me Yet? 1976 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

- John A. Himself 1979 in London, Ontario

- Still Born 1993 in London, Ontario

Awards and Offices:

- Governor General's Award for The Wars

- Canadian Author's Association Award

- ACTRA Award

- Ontario Trillium Award

- Appointed an officer of the Order of Canada

-Served as the chairperson of the Writer's Union of Canada

"Inside Memory" and its relation to "the Wars"

- Early sections of "The Wars" have an atmospheric resemblance to that of "Inside Memory". Both are dark, hopeless and lonely.

- Many scenes from "The Wars" are vividly described in "Inside Memory". The most evident being Robert Ross' homosexual experiences which seem even more terrible in this short explanation.

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