Ernest Buckler was born in Dalhousie West, Nova Scotia, in 1908. He took his B.A. (1929) in Mathematics from Dalhousie University and his M.A. (1930) in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. For five years he worked as a actuarial mathematician in Toronto. Ill health prompted him to return in 1936 to the family farm in the Annapolis Valley. There he embarked on a farming life and began his writing career.
In his first novel, The Mountain and the Valley, as in many of his short stories and essays, Buckler reveals an astonishing sensitivity to the rural landscape and the inhabitants of his native Annapolis Valley. He also wrote many book reviews, magazine articles, newspaper columns, and radio plays.
Among Buckler’s many honours were the Canadian Centennial Medal “for valuable service to the nation,” honorary degrees from Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick, and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Ernest Buckler died in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, in 1984.
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