Morley Callaghan

Submitted on: Monday, January 19th, 2004

Morley Edward Callaghan was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1903, and dies in 1990. He was a novelist, short story writer, playwright, TV and radio personality. Callaghan graduated from both the University of Toronto and Osgoode Law School. In the same year that his first novel, Strange Fugitive, was published, 1928, Callaghan was called to the bar; however his passion for fiction was stronger than for law, therefore he never practices law.

Callaghan married Loretto Dee, with whom he had to sons. Michael and Barry, poet and author. Barry also wrote a memoir

Callaghan was surrounded by many renowned authors while he was starting his career. He had taken a summer position at the Toronto Star, where Ernest Hemingway was at that time employed. In April 1929 he along with his wife, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce went to Paris. While in Paris, Callaghan wrote a memoir which was The Summer in Paris. Included in this memoir is the infamous boxing match between Callaghan and Hemingway. The challenge was put for by Hemmingway say that he was a better boxer. When Callaghan knocked him to the ground, Hemingway’s ego and pride were knocked down as well. Callaghan began writing stories that were well received and soon was recognized as one of the best short story writers of his day.

Callaghan published more than sixteen novels, and more than a hundred short stories. He has one many awards, some of these awards are; the 1951 Governor General for The Loved and the Lost; Lorne Pierce Medal of the Royal Society of Canada; the Molson Prize; The Royal Bank Award; and invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Callaghan stories are usually set in the modern city; his fiction captures the drama of ordinary lives as people struggle against a background of often hostile social forces. Stories by Callaghan deliver raw sentiment effectively. He homes in on a turning point in someone\'s life, most commonly the moment when a young person is suddenly made aware of how the world really is. And he makes us see it too.