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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Leader Durkin (1884-1967)

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D. L. Durkin
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Born at Parry Sound, Ontario on 9 July 1884, he taught at West Favelle School (1901-1902), MacGregor School (1908-1909), Brandon College (1911-1915) and later the University of Manitoba.

He wrote The Heart of Cherry McBain (1920) and The Lobstick Trail (1921), both stories about life in northern Manitoba. In 1921, he moved to the US, abandoning his family and academic career. There, he wrote his best-known novel, The Magpie (1923), set in Winnipeg after World War One. In 1945, he married author Martha Ostenso with whom he had collaborated in the novel Wild Geese, published in 1925 under her name alone. He had limited success during the remainder of his career.

His work was rediscovered after his death, which occurred at Seattle, Washington on 4 June 1967.

See also:

Introduction by Peter Rider in: Douglas Durkin, The Magpie (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974).

Sources:

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley by J. N. R. Clark, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949, page 155.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 July 2014

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