Fonds MsC 80 - Rohan O'Grady (June Skinner) fonds

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Rohan O'Grady (June Skinner) fonds

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MsC 80

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  • 1961-[199?] (Creation)
    O'Grady, Rohan

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3 m of textual records and photographic material

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Rohan O'Grady was the pen name of June Skinner; she published four novels under that name, and one under the name of A. Carleon, between 1961 and 1981. Her most famous work is Let's Kill Uncle, which was made into a horror film in 1966. That and her second novel, Pippin's Journal, were illustrated by Edward Gorey. Skinner lived in West Vancouver and raised three children while working as a writer. Discouraged by a lack of recognition for her work, she put away two unpublished manuscripts and gave up writing for good. O'Grady's work was rediscovered in 2009 with an article in The Believer, and Let's Kill Uncle was reprinted in 2011 by Bloomsbury.

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Fonds consists of records relating to the writing and publication of Rohan O'Grady's novels. These include original manuscripts, notes on works in progress, memorabilia, promotional material, rejection letters, grant applications, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, and books.

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  • English

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Records in this fonds have not been processed. Access restrictions may apply. Please contact staff for more information.

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Works in this fonds are under copyright. Researchers are required to secure permission from the copyright holders for usage of this material, except for those covered by fair dealing.

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Created January 7, 2016. SS

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