Birney, Alfred Birney
Born: May 13, 1904 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 91 years of age.
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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