Morley Callaghan was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1903. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Law School, he was called to the bar in 1928, the same year that his first novel, Strange Fugitive, was published. Fiction commanded his attention, and he never practiced law.
While in university, Callaghan took a summer position at the Toronto Star when Ernest Hemingway was a reporter there. In April 1929, he travelled with his wife to Paris, where their literary circle included Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce. That Summer in Paris is his memoir of the time. The following autumn, Callaghan returned to Toronto.
Callaghan was among the first writers in Canada to earn his livelihood exclusively from writing. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he published sixteen novels and more than a hundred works of shorter fiction. Usually set in the modern city, his fiction captures the drama of ordinary lives as people struggle against a background of often hostile social forces.
Morley Callaghan died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1990.
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