Author Alistair MacLeod dead at 77

Alistair MacLeod poses with a statue outside the NAC in Ottawa in this file photo taken in 2000....

Alistair MacLeod poses with a statue outside the NAC in Ottawa in this file photo taken in 2000. (Tony Caldwel/ QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

Canadian novelist Alistair MacLeod died Sunday at age 77.

Born in North Battleford, Sask., the short story writer known best for his award-winning book, No Great Mischief, moved with his family to a farm in Cape Breton, N.S., when he was 10. He attended teacher's college in Truro and studied at St. Francis Xavier University where he graduated with a BA and B.Ed.

MacLeod taught English for three years at the University of Indiana before accepting a post in 1969 at the University of Windsor as professor of English and Creative Writing.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his commitment to Canadian literature and influence on other Canadian authors.

“I can't right now think of a more important Cape Breton author,” Mark Silverberg, associate professor of languages and letters at Cape Breton University, told the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

“Not being a Cape Bretoner, my first thoughts are not about his connection to Cape Breton. His body of work is small, but his short stories are … compact and perfect. It's a limited body of work, but one can tell that they're worked on with incredible care and closeness. It was an idea of mot juste, finding the right word.”

When England's The Guardian reviewed No Great Mischief in 2001, it said, "In its poetic and emotional range, this is one of the richest novels of recent years.'


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