One of Canada’s most important novelists and a sharply opinionated essayist
Born in Montreal on January 27, 1931, Mordecai Richler grew up on St. Urbain Street in what was then the city’s Jewish ghetto and went on to become one of Canada’s most accomplished novelists and essayists. Some of Richler’s best known works, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, were at least partially set in the neighbourhood milieu in which he grew up.
Richler attended Baron Byng High School on St. Urbain Street (thinly disguised as “Fletcher’s Field High School” in some of his novels, and Sir George Williams College (now part of Concordia University), but did not complete his degree. [Read more…]