Andrusyshen, Constantine

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Andrusyshen, Constantine [Andrusyšyn, Kostjantyn], b 19 July 1907 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, d 13 May 1983 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Literary scholar, linguist, and translator. Andrusyshen received his PhD in Romance languages from the University of Toronto in 1940, and then edited (1941–4) the newspaper Kanadiis’kyi farmer in Winnipeg. After an intensive ten-month course of study in Slavic philology and Russian language and literature at Harvard University, Andrusyshen took up duties as an instructor with and chair (to 1975) of Canada’s first Department of Slavic Studies, located at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) in Saskatoon. He was aided in his further studies and placement by UofS professor George Simpson. Andrusyshen’s major works include the Ukrainian-English Dictionary (1955), with James Krett, and two translations in collaboration with Watson Kirkconnell, The Ukrainian Poets 1189-1962 (1963) and The Poetical Works of Taras Shevchenko (1964). In 1964 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Andrusyshen's papers can be found at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

Dutka, June. The Grace of Passing: Constantine H. Andrusyshen. The Oddysey of a Slavist (Edmonton–Toronto 2000)

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