Mordecai Richler

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  • Linda Morra (University of British Columbia)

Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 27, 1931, to Moses Isaac Richler, a scrap-metal dealer, and Lily Leah Rosenberg, who published The Errand Runner: Reflections of a Rabbi’s Daughter. She and her own father, a rabbinical scholar who settled in Canada in 1904 after fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe, were of some influence in setting a literary precedent for Richler. Raised during the Depression in a working-class Jewish area, the St. Urbain Street neighbourhood of Montreal, Richler attended Baron Byng, a predominantly Jewish public high school. In 1948, he attended Sir George Williams College (later Concordia University) where he majored in English. During this period, he also worked as a reporter on a …

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Morra, Linda. "Mordecai Richler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 March 2004
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