GOLDFARB, Sheldon




Author Tags: Fiction, Literary Criticism

Sheldon Goldfarb's first novel Remember, Remember (2005) was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award in the category of best Canadian juvenile mystery novel for 2005. It is a murder mystery for young adults set in Victorian Manchester. Books In Canada reviewer M. Wayne Cunningham wrote, "... Sheldon Goldfarb's doctorate in Victorian literature, his life-long interest in history and his previous publications on William Makepeace Thackeray have served him extremely well for his debut young adult historical mystery novel, Remember, Remember. His story is an intriguingly entertaining mix of blackmail, murder, and youthful romance, shot through with large dollops of tension and suspense, and set in an age in England when the East India Co. was still an economic force to be reckoned with, the Darwin-Huxley debates over evolution were to be listened to, aggressive young women shouldering their way into the workforce as typing machine operators were to be wondered about, and public boarding school lads like 14-year-old Aleister Lister Smith were to be reprimanded for secretly reading *The Count of Monte Cristo*, or even worse, for participating in Guy Fawkes Day celebrations. A shy but engagingly bright young fellow, Aleister ... gets the shock of his life when he is removed from the security of his Latin and Greek studies in his Shrewsbury school and put to work as an undercover apprentice clerk and pretend nephew for Mr. Arthur Talbot, 'a big brown bear' of a man and an insurance agent who is being threatened with blackmail at his firm in Manchester..."

Sheldon Goldfarb grew up in Montreal and attended McGill University, where he worked for the McGill Daily student newspaper and obtained a bachelor of arts in history in 1975. After a year studying at the University of Manchester in England, he returned to Canada, worked briefly in the publishing industry in Toronto while writing novels that could find no home, then returned to academia, obtaining graduate degrees in English from the University of Manitoba (1985) and the University of British Columbia (1992). In the academic world, he specialized in Victorian literature, especially the works of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, on whom he published two books. In the mid-1990s he left the UBC English Department to take a degree in archival studies, which led to a position running the archives at the UBC Alma Mater Society.

DATE OF BIRTH: March 24, 1953

PLACE OF BIRTH: Montreal

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1985

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Jewish

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: formerly taught English at UBC, currently the archivist and researcher for the UBC student society (the Alma Mater Society)

BOOKS:

Remember, Remember: A Victorian Mystery (England: UKA Press, 2005) 1-904781-43-8

Catherine (scholarly edition of novel by William Makepeace Thackeray), University of Michigan Press, 1999

William Makepeace Thackeray: An Annotated Bibliography, 1976-1987, Garland (New York), 1989

[BCBW 2005] "Literary Criticism" "Fiction"