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Roberts, Carol
Toronto, ECW Press, 1994. 135pp, paper, $14.95
ISBN 1-55022-1957. (Canadian Biography series). Distributed by General Distribution Services. CIP

Subject Headings:
Findley, Timothy, 1930- -Biography.
Authors, Canadian (English)-20th century-Biography.

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up

Reviewed by Vat K. Lem

Volume 22 Number 4
1994 September

Roberts has produced a thorough summary of the life and work of internationally acclaimed writer Timothy Findley. She records tales from his difficult childhood in Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood, highlights from his first career as an actor, and the encouragement to write that he received from actress Ruth Gordon and playwright Thornton Wilder.

Despite his homosexuality, Findley married in 1958. "Things didn't work out"; the marriage was annulled. A few years later he met William Whitehead. Together they retired from the theatre, settled northeast of Toronto, and wrote for radio and television. The stability of their relationship enabled Findley to confront his alcoholism and to pursue fiction.

Findley's multi-faceted literary output includes seven novels, two collections of short stories, television and radio drama, plays, a screenplay, and his memoirs, Inside Memory¹, are duly chronicled and briefly described in terms of their content, themes, critical reception and conception. Findley's involvement with the Writers' Union of Canada and PEN is also noted.

Like other volumes in the series, this book contains numerous illustrations, a chronology and a list of works consulted. Having co-authored Timothy Findley; An Annotated Bibliography (ECW Press, 1990), Roberts is well acquainted with the print and non-print resources available. She also uses personal interviews effectively to complete Findley's story.


Vat K. Lem is a librarian with the Board of Education for the City of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario

¹ Reviewed vol. XIX/1 January 1991, p. 38.

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