Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bat, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1907. he took his B .A. (1928) in Classics from Dalhousie University, then travelled as a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University where he obtained another B. A. and his M. A. (1932); he completed graduate studies in Classics at Princeton University, where he received his Ph. D. (1935)
MacLennan returned to Canada in 1935 to accept a teaching appointment in Latin and History at Lower Canada College in Montreal, which remained his home. In 1951 he accepted a position in the Department of English at McGill University, where he taught for three decades.
Barometer Rising was MacLennan’s first novel. His seven novels as well as his many essays and travel books present a chronicle of a Canada that often mediates between the old world of its European cultural heritage and the new world of American vitality and materialism.
MacLennan’s many honours include five Governor General’s Awards and nineteen honorary degrees.
Hugh MacLennan died in Montreal, Quebec, in 1990.
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