Carol Shields (2612 words)


Carol Shields (b. June 2, 1935, d. July 16, 2003) wrote primarily about what she called “the arc of the human life.” She is best known for her award-winning novel about one such life, The Stone Diaries, which won the Governor General's Award in Canada and the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Prize in the United States, and was short-listed for the Commonwealth's Man Booker Prize. But Shields was first a writer of poetry and short stories; has written nine other novels, set in both her adopted country, Canada, and her country of birth, the United States; and is the author of plays, essays, a critical study, and a biography.

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Citation: Roy, Wendy. "Carol Shields". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 July 2003 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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