Robert William Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer, often called “the Bard of the Yukon”. Born in Lancashire of Scottish descent, he was a bank clerk by trade, but spent long periods travelling in Western America and Canada, often in some poverty. When his bank sent him to the Yukon, he was inspired by tales of the Klondike Gold Rush, and wrote two poems “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, which showed remarkable authenticity from an author with no experience of gold-mining, and enjoyed immediate popularity. Encouraged by this, he quickly wrote more poems on the same theme, which were published as Songs of a Sourdough, and achieved a massive sale. When his next collection Ballads of a Cheechako proved equally successful, Service could afford to travel widely and live a leisurely life, basing himself in Paris and the French Riviera.
|Born:||January 16, 1874, Preston, Lancashire, England|
|Died:||September 11, 1958, Lancieux, Côtes-d’Armor, France|
|Resting place:||Lancieux, Côtes-d’Armor, France|
|Occupation:||writer, poet, Canadian Great North adventurer|
|Alma mater:||Hillhead High School in Glasgow, University of Glasgow, and McGill University|
|Notable works:||Songs of a Sourdough, Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, The Trail of ’98|
|Children:||Iris Service, Doris Service|
|IMDb:||Robert W. Service’s IMDb|
About Robert W. Service
British-born poet who wrote “The Shooting of Dan McGrew,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” and “The Call of the Wild.” His poetry collections include Songs of a Sourdough and Rhymes of a Red Cross Man.
He grew up with nine siblings in Lancashire, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He moved to Canada in his early twenties.
He spent the World War II years in Canada and America and avoided Nazi officials who tried to hunt him down for his literary mockery of Hitler.
He was married to Germaine Bourgoin, and he was the father of a daughter named Iris.
His dreams of a cowboy life attracted him to the western frontier of Canada; he aspired to be a Yukon territory version of Buffalo Bill Cody.
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