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Carol Shields, an American-born Canadian novelist of the twentieth century, a low-key but passionate feminist, published a collection of poetry as her first book. Her earliest novel features as minor character a novelist whose stock-in-trade is to be Canadian but who is by birth (secretly) an American. Her novels probe the freight of meaning in the small change of ordinary lives, especially those of women, and the way that an ordinary person becomes an artist. They delight in self-reflexiveness, and combine self-conscious artistry with a disarming appearance of transcription from life. Carol Shields also wrote short fiction and plays.
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2 June 1935 Carol Ann Warner (later CS) was born at Oak Park, Illinois, the youngest in a family of three children. She had one sister and one brother.  Bibliographic Citation link.
By late August 1993 CS's novel The Stone Diaries (whose title recalls that of a volume of poems by Pat Lowther) was presented as a spoof biography, backed with ostensible evidence in the form of photos and documents. Bibliographic Citation link.
By May 2002 Unless, the final novel by CS, was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 July 2003 CS died of secondary breast cancer in Victoria, BC. Bibliographic Citation link.
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