Skrypnyk, Mary

Skrypnyk, Mary [Скрипник, Марія], b 11 December 1915 near Timmins, Ontario, d 27 June 2012 in Toronto. Editor, translator, and community leader; a member of the Communist Party of Canada from 1932. From 1960 she was an editor of The Ukrainian Canadian. In this capacity she began translating works of Ukrainian literature into English; these were published by the Dnipro publishing house in the Ukrainian SSR. She is best known for her translations of works by Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, Hryhorii Kvitka-Osnovianenko, and Olha Kobylianska. Skrypnyk was awarded the Maxim Gorky Prize by the Writers’ Union of the USSR in 1976. She also translated several Ukrainian-Canadian historical works by Peter Krawchuk.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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