[From Series Two The Last Barrier and Other Stories]
Sir Charles G. D. Roberts was born in 1860 at Douglas, New Brunswick, educated in his native province, and obtained his degree from the University of New Brunswick. He taught English, French, and economics at King’s College, Nova Scotia, from 1885 to 1895, at which time he gave up his teaching career in order to devote his energies to writing and to promoting the literature of his country, to which he was deeply attached. As editor of The Week, he attracted such talent as Archibald Lampman, Wilfred Campbell, Pauline Johnson, and Duncan Campbell Scott. From 1896 to 1907, Roberts lived as a free-lance writer in New York, and then went abroad to live, remaining in England until 1925, when he returned to Canada and settled in Toronto, where he lived until his death in 1943. In 1935 he had had a Knighthood conferred upon him for his distinguished services in Canadian Literature.
Although known in England mainly for his remarkable prose, in Canada it was as the Dean of Canadian poets that Sir Charles was chiefly recognized. Included among his tremendous output of both prose and poetry are Orion and Other Poems (1880), In Divers Tone (1886), Ave: an Ode for the Shelley Centenary (1892), Earth’s Enigmas (1895), The Book of the Native (1896), A History of Canada (1897), New York Nocturnes (1898), The Heart of the Ancient Wood (1900), The Kindred of the Wild (1902), The Book of the Rose (1903), The Haunters of the Silences (1907), Kings in Exile (1909), The Vagrant of Time (1927), The Iceberg and Other Poems (1934), Twilight Over Shaugamauk (1937), and Canada Speaks of Britain (1941).
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