As an editor, professor, and practitioner of poetry, Earle Birney was instrumental in the development of Canadian poetry and its dissemination abroad. Birney was born Friday, May 13, 1904, in Calgary, the only child of William George and Martha Stout (Robertson) Birney, who were working class and of British ancestry. The family moved to Banff, Alberta, in 1911, for a brief time to the Creston Valley in British Columbia (where Earle graduated from high school in 1920), and then back to Banff. From these beginnings, he developed a relationship with nature – particularly a passion for mountain climbing – that would have considerable influence on his poetry. The teenager Birney worked as a newsboy and a bank clerk, as well as on survey, …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Ratsoy, Virginia Rose. "Earle Birney". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2006
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]

Articles on Birney's works

  1. David