Chris Scott (writer)
Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
|Occupation||novelist, short story writer|
|Notable works||"Bartleby", Antichthon, Jack|
Chris Scott (born 1945 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England) is an English-Canadian writer. His novel Antichthon was a nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1982 Governor General's Awards, and his novel Jack won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 1989. His novel, Bartleby was republished in Glasgow in 2016.
Educated at the University of Hull, Manchester University, Scott has taught at York University in Toronto and Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He became a Canadian citizen in 1975, and resided on a farm in Lanark County, Ontario during much of his writing career.
He is noted for his mixture of genre literature with experimental fiction; Antichthon, for example, applied the format and tropes of a contemporary spy novel to a historical retelling of the 1593 heresy trial of Giordano Bruno, and Jack took as its premise that Thomas Neill Cream, a Scottish-Canadian doctor and murderer, was the real Jack the Ripper.
- Bartleby (1971, 2016)
- To Catch a Spy (1978)
- Antichthon (1982)
- Hitler's Bomb (1984)
- The Heretic (1985)
- Jack (1988)
- "Ripper from Ottawa Valley?" Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 1989.
- "Finalists declared in literary awards". The Globe and Mail, May 25, 1983.
- "Farmer in spring, award-winning writer in winter". Ottawa Citizen, June 15, 1989.
- Chris Scott fonds. - 1969-1984. Library and Archives Canada.
- W. H. New, A History of Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003. ISBN 9780773571365. p. 273.
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