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- Skinner, June Margaret
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58 cm of textual records
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June Skinner (nee O’Grady) was born on July 23, 1922 in Vancouver, BC. After graduating high school in 1940, June worked at the Capilano Golf and Country Club and then in the library at the Vancouver Sun. The former is where she met her husband Frederick Snowdon Skinner. They had three children together and raised them in West Vancouver.
June was primarily active as an author between 1961 and 1981. She published four novels under the pen name Rohan O’Grady and one novel under the name of A. Carloen. None of June’s novels were published by Canadian publishers and instead were published in New York and London. June struggled to get her novels into Canada though she herself was a Canadian writer. She often wrote in her letters that she could not buy her own books in the local book stores.
June’s most famous work is Let’s Kill Uncle, which was made into a horror film in 1966. Both Let’s Kill Uncle and June’s second novel, Pippin’s Journal, were illustrated by Edward Gorey. June’s work was rediscovered in 2009 with an article in The Believer about Let’s Kill Uncle, and that novel was reprinted in 2011 by Bloomsbury. After 20 years of writing novels, June gave up and stopped. June told her son-in-law, Keith Maillard, that is was a relief to stop and that she did not miss it at all.
In the late 1990’s June began to suffer from dementia. She died on March 17, 2014 at the age of 91.
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Sub-series consists of drafts and manuscripts of novels, short stories, plays, and poems written by June Skinner. Material is typed and handwritten. Some writings had no identifiable title or date.
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Sub-series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically. First, arranged by title, then by date. Arrangement provided by the Archivist.
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