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Memorable Manitobans: Vera Lysenko (1910-1975)


Born Vera Lesik in Winnipeg to Ukrainian Baptist parents, she was educated at the University of Manitoba, receiving her BA in 1929. She worked as a nurse and school teacher in the West, then as a journalist on the Windsor Star until 1943, when she became a freelance journalist and writer. She wrote under the names Vera Lysenko and Luba Novak. She was the author of Men in Sheepskin Coats (1947). Her novels include Yellow Boots (1954) and Westerly Wild (1956). Lysenko’s work tended to confound standard critical categories and has therefore been much neglected. There are papers, including manuscripts of unpublished works, at Library and Archives Canada.

See also:

“Retelling Vera Lysenko: A Feminist and Ethnic Writer” by Beverly Rasporich, Canadian Ethnic Studies, 21, no.2 (1989): 38-52.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2018

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