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, …
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Ratsoy, Virginia Rose. "Earle Birney". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2006
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