Earle Birney (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Earle Alfred Birney was a distinguished Canadian poet and novelist, who twice won the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s top literary honour, for his poetry.

Born: Earle Alfred Birney, May 13, 1904, Calgary, Northwest Territories, Canada
Died: September 3, 1995, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater: University of British Columbia, University of Toronto
Notable works: David and Other Poems (1942), Now Is Time (1945), The Bear on the Delhi Road (1973)
Notable awards: Governor General’s Award (1942, 1945), Lorne Pierce Medal (1953)
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About Earle Birney

Canadian poet and author whose most famous works include Now is Time, The Bear on the Delhi Road, David and Other Poems, and Turvey. He received both the Governor General’s Award and the Lorne Pierce Medal.

Before Fame

He grew up on a farm and held many odd jobs before studying at the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, California (Berkeley), and London.


His 1942 poem “David,” written on the topic of euthanasia, was both popular and controversial.

Family Life

During his brief marriage to Sylvia Johnston, he began sharing his wife’s Trotskyist political views.


He won Canada’s Governor General’s Award twice in his life; poet E.J. Pratt was a three-time recipient of the honor.

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  • Canadian literature – Canadian literature has been created in a variety of languages by both its original inhabitants and European colonists. Influences on Canadian writers are broad, both geographically and historically. “Indigenous literature” includes many distinct oral traditions, languages, and cultural practices.
  • Canadian poetry – Canadian poetry is poetry of or typical of Canada. The term encompasses poetry written in Canada or by Canadian people in other languages versus those written in Canadian languages. They are written in English, French, Gaelic and Aboriginal languages.
  • Canadian modernist poets
  • Stephen Leacock Award winners
  • Governor General’s Award-winning poets
  • Writers from Calgary
  • Canadian socialists
  • Writers from Vancouver
  • Canadian military personnel of World War II
  • Canadian male poets

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