Rudy Wiebe was born near Fairholme, Saskatchewan, in 1934. He received his early education at the Alberta Mennonite High School in Coaldale, Alberta, then took his B.A. in English (1956) and M.A. in creative writing (1960) from the University of Alberta. He received his Th.B. (1961) from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg.
From 1963 to 1967 Wiebe taught in the Department of English at Goshen College in Indiana. He then joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta, where he taught for more than two decades.
Wiebe’s writing is deeply shaped by his Mennonite background. Although he frequently draws his subject-matter from Canadian history, including stories of the Cree, Dene, and other native peoples, his fiction transcends nationality and locale to explore the struggles of communities and individuals to live moral lives in a world where spiritual values are increasingly difficult to observe and even to comprehend.
Rudy Wiebe resides in Edmonton, Alberta.
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