Patrick Anderson

Patrick Anderson, poet, writer, educator (b at Ashtead, Surrey, Eng 4 Aug 1915; d at Halstead, Essex, Eng 1979). A graduate of Oxford and Columbia, Anderson came to Canada in 1940.

Anderson, Patrick

Patrick Anderson, poet, writer, educator (b at Ashtead, Surrey, Eng 4 Aug 1915; d at Halstead, Essex, Eng 1979). A graduate of Oxford and Columbia, Anderson came to Canada in 1940. He taught at a Montréal private school 1940-46, during which time he made probably his foremost contribution to Canadian arts by co-founding Preview (1942) and NORTHERN REVIEW (1945), both literary magazines.

Anderson was an assistant professor at McGill for 2 years until he left Canada in 1950, not to revisit until 1971. During his Montréal years he wrote 3 poetry collections: A Tent for April (1945), The White Centre (1946) and The Colour as Naked (1953).

In subsequent years, when working primarily in teaching positions in Malaysia and Britain, he wrote numerous travel books and biographies and 2 autobiographical works. A revival of Canadian interest in his work sparked 2 further volumes of a Canadian context: A Visiting Distance (1976) and Return to Canada: Selected Poems (1977).