Edward McCourt

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Edward McCourt
Born Edward Alexander McCourt
October 10, 1907
Mullingar, Ireland
Died January 6, 1972
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1940s-1970s

Edward Alexander McCourt (October 10, 1907 - January 6, 1972) was a Canadian writer.[1]

Born in Mullingar, Ireland, McCourt's family emigrated to Kitscoty, Alberta when he was two years old.[1] He was educated at the University of Alberta, becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and earned an MA from Oxford University.[1] Returning to Canada, he worked at Upper Canada College, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick before joining the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in 1944.[1]

McCourt published five novels — Music at the Close (1947), Home Is the Stranger (1950), The Wooden Sword (1956), Walk Through the Valley (1958) and Fasting Friar (1963).[2] His non-fiction titles included The Canadian West in Fiction (1949), a critical analysis of regional literature from the Canadian Prairies, Revolt in the West (1958), about the North-West Rebellion, and Remembering Butler (1967), a biography of Sir William Butler, as well as works of travel writing.[1]

Music at the Close won the Ryerson Fiction Award in 1947, and was republished by the New Canadian Library in 1972.[2]

McCourt died on January 6, 1972.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "McCourt, Edward (1907–72)". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.
  2. ^ a b Winnifred M. Bogaards, "Edward McCourt: A Reassessment". Studies in Canadian Literature, Volume 05, Number 2 (1980).