But larger renown awaited him as a historical novelist, particularly with His Majesty's Yankees (1942) and The Governor's Lady (1960). Yet his most highly regarded book was not historical and drew on his own experiences as a Sable Island radio operator after World War I: The Nymph and the Lamp (1950). His history, Halifax, Warden of the North (1948, Gov Gen's Award), has remained the most popular of his nonfictional books. His autobiography, In My Time (1976), reflects the agonizingly slow development of Canadian literary life since the 1920s. In 1986 a collection of stories originally published in magazines between 1928 and 1955 was brought out under the title The Dreamers.
Author DOUG FETHERLING