Joyce Marshall was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1913. She graduated from McGill University in 1935 with an Honours B.A. in English, winning the University’s English Language and Literature medal. Two years later she moved to Toronto, which has remained her home. Although writing has always been her full-time vocation, she has supplemented this career with free-lance editing and translation work.
One of the most accomplished and sensitive translators of Quebec literature, Marshall is a founding member of the Literary Translators Association. She worked closely with Gabrielle Roy on the translation of three of Roy’s books: The Road Past Altamont (1967), Windflower (1970), and Enchanted Summer (1976). Her translation of the last volume won the Canadian Council Translation Prize for 1976.
Marshall’s novels and short fiction portray human beings at various ages and in various settings as they experience the pain of the human predicament and the folly and fragility of love. Many of her stories examine the solitary lives of contemporary women as they attempt to be independent in urban landscapes of random violence and other physical and emotional dangers. Such examinations often reveal the evocative power and deception of memory.
Joyce Marshall resides in Toronto, Ontario.
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