July 19, 1908|
West Dalhousie, Nova Scotia
|Died||March 4, 1984
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
|Notable works||The Mountain and the Valley|
Ernest Buckler, OC (19 July 1908 – 4 March 1984) was a Canadian novelist and short story writer best known for his 1952 novel, The Mountain and the Valley. "Since its publication in 1954, Ernest Buckler's story of David Canaan's life in the Annapolis Valley, The Mountain and the Valley, has gradually established itself as a touchstone of Canadian Modernism. Its continuing presence in Canadian Literature courses and its effect on such writers as Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro attest to its power as a novel exploring imaginative experience." (Van Rys 1995)
Buckler was born in the village of West Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, where he attended a one-room schoolhouse. He was a scholarship student at Dalhousie University (B.A., 1929), and a philosophy student at the University of Toronto (M.A., 1930). After graduation, he stayed in Toronto, working as an actuary, until 1936, when he returned to rural Nova Scotia, eventually settling on a farm in Centrelea near Bridgetown.
- The Mountain and the Valley. New York: Henry Holt, 1952.
- The Cruelest Month, 1963.
- Ox Bells and Fireflies: A Memoir. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1968; New York: Knopf, 1968.
- Nova Scotia: Window on the Sea. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.
- The Rebellion of Young David and Other Stories. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1975.
- Whirligig. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977.
- The Harness
- The Locket
- Penny in the Dust
- The Clumsy One
- The Bars and the Bridge
- Long, Long After School
- Lecker, Robert and Jack David. The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors, volume III.
- Van Rys, John C.. Diminishing Voice in Buckler's The Mountain and the Valley. Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, [S.l.], jan. 1995. ISSN 1718-7850.
- Ernest Buckler at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Ernest Buckler at The Literary Encyclopedia
- Ernest Buckler: A Remarkable Nova Scotia Novelist at Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management
- <http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/article/view/8210/9267>. Date accessed: 15 Feb. 2015.
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