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MSS 144, PC 150, TC 95

Title: Betty Jane Wylie fonds

Dates: [ca. 1946]-2000

Extents: 8.8 m of textual records, 12 videocassettes, 14 audio recordings

Biographical Sketch: Betty Jane Wylie (nee McKenty) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1931. She attended the University of Manitoba where she earned her B. A. (Hons.) in French and English in 1951. She completed her M.A. in English in 1952, majoring in 20th century poetry, with minors in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse. Soon after graduation in 1952, Wylie married William Tennant (Bill) Wylie, with whom she eventually had four children. For the first part of their marriage the Wylies resided in Winnipeg where Bill Wylie was manager of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. They then moved from Winnipeg to Stratford, Ontario in 1968, where Bill Wylie served as administrative director of the Stratford Festival Theatre until his death in 1973. While married, and raising her four children Wylie found some time to write poetry and plays, but Bill Wylie's sudden and unexpected death in 1973 caused her to take up writing as a career. While coming to terms with her husband's death, Wylie wrote Beginnings: A Book for Widows (1977), which went through several editions, and has been published in six countries. Since then Wylie has published books of various types such as children's books, cookbooks, self-help, and other non-fiction books. Over three dozen of her plays have been produced. Wylie has also been involved in radio and television productions, including a television movie called "Coming of Age" that aired on TMN (1994) and Global (1995), and won two Gemini Awards. She won the University of Manitoba Alumni Association's Alumni Jubilee Award in 1989.

Scope and Content: Fonds consists of material relating to Betty Jane Wylie's writing career including notes, manuscripts, correspondence, drafts and published copies of many of her works. It also contains speeches, material relating to Wylie's activities in professional associations, and reviews and press coverage of her work.

Custodial History: The fonds was donated by Betty Jane Wylie to Archives & Special Collections in 2001 as A.01-26.

Source of Supplied Title: Based on contents of the fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this fonds.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

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