Timothy Findley

About Timothy Findley

Who is it?: Canadian novelist
Birth Day: October 30, 1930
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canadian
Died On: June 21, 2002(2002-06-21) (aged 71)\nBrignoles, France
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Occupation: novelist, short story writer, playwright, actor
Language: English
Period: 1960s-2000s
Literary movement: Southern Ontario Gothic
Notable works: The Wars, Headhunter, Pilgrim, Elizabeth Rex
Notable awards: Governor General's Award, Order of Ontario, Order of Canada, Trillium Book Award
Partner: Bill Whitehead

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Timothy Findley was born on October 30, 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canadian, is Canadian novelist. Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was one of the famous contemporary Canadian writers. His novels are extraordinarily diverse in genre and perspective and portray a considerable similarity of fundamental issues. As a writer, he strongly believed that the literature should never be censored because their values were etched in testing the limits. Informally known by the nickname ‘Tiffy’, he published many noteworthy collections of his writings in the course of forty years. He wrote many famous plays based on the works of Shakespeare and participated in the annual Stratford Shakespearean festival of Canada. Timothy’s writings represented a ‘Southern Ontario Gothic’ style, a sub genre of Gothic, and were highly influenced by the Jungian psychology (Carl Jung’s school of psychology) where mental illnesses, gender and sexuality were frequently occurring themes. He built dark characters for his novels, which usually carried some kind of dark secrets with them and were afflicted by several psychological disorders.
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One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull. His paternal grandfather was President of Massey-Harris, the farm-machinery company. He was raised in the upper class Rosedale district of the city, attending boarding school at St. Andrew's College (although leaving during grade 10 for health reasons). He pursued a career in the arts, studying dance and acting, and had significant success as an actor before turning to writing. He was part of the original Stratford Festival company in the 1950s, acting alongside Alec Guinness, and appeared in the first production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at the Edinburgh Festival. He also played Peter Pupkin in Sunshine Sketches, the CBC Television adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.


Though Findley had declared his homosexuality as a teenager, he married actress/photographer Janet Reid in 1959, but the union lasted only three months and was dissolved by divorce or annulment two years later. Eventually he became the domestic partner of Writer Bill Whitehead, whom he met in 1962. Findley and Whitehead also collaborated on several documentary projects in the 1970s, including the television miniseries The National Dream and Dieppe 1942.


Through Wilder, Findley became a close friend of Actress Ruth Gordon, whose work as a Screenwriter and Playwright inspired Findley to consider writing as well. After Findley published his first short story in the Tamarack Review, Gordon encouraged him to pursue writing more actively, and he eventually left acting in the 1960s.


Findley's first two novels, The Last of the Crazy People (1967) and The Butterfly Plague (1969), were originally published in Britain and the United States after having been rejected by Canadian publishers. Findley's third novel, The Wars, was published to great acclaim in 1977 and went on to win the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction. It was adapted for film in 1981.


He publicly mentioned his homosexuality, passingly and perhaps for the first time, on a broadcast of the programme The Shulman File in the 1970s, taking flabbergasted host Morton Shulman completely by surprise.


Timothy Findley received a Governor General's Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, an ACTRA Award, the Order of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Award, and in 1985 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was a founding member and chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and a President of the Canadian chapter of PEN International.


Findley was also the author of several dramas for television and stage. Elizabeth Rex, his most successful play, premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada to rave reviews and won a Governor General's award. His 1993 play The Stillborn Lover was adapted by Shaftesbury Films into the television film External Affairs, which aired on CBC Television in 1999. Shadows, first performed in 2001, was his last completed work. Findley was also an active mentor to a number of young Canadian Writers, including Marnie Woodrow and Elizabeth Ruth.


Findley and Whitehead resided at Stone Orchard, a farm near Cannington, Ontario, and in the south of France. In 1996, Findley was honoured by the French government, who declared him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres.


Findley died on June 21, 2002, in Brignoles, France, not far from his house in Cotignac.


His writing was typical of the Southern Ontario Gothic style — Findley, in fact, first invented its name — and was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology. Mental illness, gender and sexuality were frequent recurring themes in his work. Many of his novels centred on a protagonist who was struggling to find the moral and ethical and rational course of action in a situation that had spun wildly out of control. His characters often carried dark personal secrets, and were often conflicted — sometimes to the point of Psychosis — by these burdens.