He began his writing career by contributing short stories and essays to Esquire and Saturday Night. His major achievement, however, The Mountain and the Valley (1952), is a novel about a gifted, ambitious boy who remains so deeply attached to life in rural NS that his creativity becomes stifled. The Cruelest Month (1963) explores the unhappy passions of a group of intellectuals.
Buckler returned to his youthful community life in Ox Bells and Fireflies (1968), a "fictional memoir" (Buckler's term). Nova Scotia: Window on the Sea (1973) again uses elements of fiction and lyrical description, this time to accompany Hans Weber's photographs. The Rebellion of Young David and Other Stories (1975) is a collection of 1940s and 1950s stories. Whirligig (1977), a volume of light verse and prose, won the Leacock Award for Humour (1978).
Author THOMAS E. TAUSKY
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Ernest Buckler: A Remarkable Nova Scotia Novelist
A digital feature about acclaimed Nova Scotia novelist Ernest Buckler from the Nova Scotia Archives.