Patricia Blondal

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Patricia Blondal
Born Patricia Jenkins
(1926-12-12)December 12, 1926
Souris, Manitoba
Died November 4, 1959(1959-11-04) (aged 32)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation writer
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Genre fiction, poetry
Notable works A Candle to Light the Sun
Spouse Harold Blondal

Patricia Blondal, née Jenkins (December 12, 1926 - November 4, 1959) was a Canadian writer, best known for her novel A Candle to Light the Sun.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Souris, Manitoba, she grew up primarily in Winnipeg. She studied literature at the University of Manitoba, where she was a classmate of both Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman. In 1947, Patricia proudly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. During this time she wrote both fiction and poetry, including an unfinished novel titled Brass Tower, but later destroyed much of her early writing. Patrica remembered these years as the 'poetry phase.'

She married Harold Blondal, a physician who became a cancer researcher, in 1946. The couple had two children, Stephanie and John; Patricia worked as a journalist and in public relations before devoting herself to getting published as a creative writer in 1955. Soon afterward, however, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and died in 1959 just one month after A Candle to Light the Sun was accepted for publication by McClelland & Stewart; the novel was published posthumously in 1960, and was later reissued by the New Canadian Library series in 1976. Soon after the publishing of A Candle to Light the Sun, it was praised by the public but it did not take long to be forgotten. In 1976, a commentator for Books In Canada referred to her novel as "dazzlingly brilliant" but failed to renew interest of the readers.

Blondal's only other published novel, From Heaven with a Shout, was serialized in Chatelaine before being published in book form in 1963. Her colleague, Margaret Laurence, shifted her attention from a Western Canadian to a Western African viewpoint for this second novel. Both of the titles from her novels with inspired by the Bible, specifically Thessalonians IV. Both of the titles from her novels with inspired by the Bible, specifically Thessalonians IV.

Most of Blondal's poetry was never published; however, one previously unpublished poem about her breast cancer treatment was released by her daughter Stephanie to the literary magazine Winnipeg Connection in 2006.

Blondal's personal records are held by the University of British Columbia Library.

Blondal's only other published novel, From Heaven with a Shout, was serialized in Chatelaine before being published in book form in 1963.[2]

Most of Blondal's poetry was never published; however, one previously unpublished poem about her breast cancer treatment was released by her daughter Stephanie to the literary magazine Winnipeg Connection in 2006.[2]

Blondal's personal records are held by the University of British Columbia Library.[3]

References[4][edit]

  1. ^ "Ghost story". The Globe and Mail, November 28, 2002.
  2. ^ a b "CanWWR: Biography of Patricia Blondal". Women Writing and Reading in Canada from 1950.
  3. ^ "Where youth must go". BC Booklook, April 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Ricou, Laurie. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Canadian Writers. Gale. pp. 29–32. ISBN 0810345668.