1913-1986; born in Ottawa.
Worked briefly for the Ottawa Journal writing society news.
Worked at the British Embassy in Washington during WWII and moved to England in 1943.
First work, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945), immediately established a cult following; it has been critically hailed as a masterpiece of poetic prose.
Published two new works (1977) 32 years later.
Returned to Canada in 1982-83 as the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for one year.