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Birney, Alfred Birney

Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 91 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Authors, Poets


1904 - Born on the 13th of May in Calgary, Alberta. Canadian poet, playwright, novelist, and teacher.

1936-1940 - Literary editor of "Canadian Forum".

         - Birney received a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

1941 - He wrote poem "David".

1942 - Beginning with 'David and Other Poems', Birney's poetry consistently explored the resources of language with passionate and playful curiosity.

         - Won the Governor General's Award for Literature for "David and Other Poems".

1945 - He won the Governor General's Award for Literature for "Now Is Time".

1946 - He taught English at the University of British Columbia and held a number of teaching and editorial positions thereafter.

1949 - His darkly comic WWII novel 'Turvey' won the Stephen Leacock Medal.

1953 - He received the Lorne Pierce Medal for Literature.

1965 - His work led to the establishment at UBC of Canada's first Department of Creative Writing.

         - Birney was appointed as the first writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.

1966 - Wrote "Selected Poems, 1940-1966".

1970 - He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

1975 - He was the author of compilation, "The Collected Poems of Earle Birney".

1977 - Wrote "Ghost in the Wheels", "Copernican Fix" and "Last Makings".

1985 - His later works include Copernican Fix, Words on Waves: Selected Radio Plays and Essays on Chaucerian Irony.

1989 - His memoir is titled "Spreading Time: Remarks on Canadian Writing and Writers 1904-1949".

1991 - His final collection, 'Last Markings', was published.

1995 - Earle Alfred Birney died on 3rd of September in Toronto, Ontario.


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