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Farley Mowat (1921–2014)

Author of Never Cry Wolf

62+ Works 13,493 Members 240 Reviews 35 Favorited

About the Author

Farley Mowat's nearly forty books have sold millions of copies & have been published in more than twenty languages. His books include "Never Cry Wolf", "Sea of Slaughter", "The Farfarers", "People of the Deer", "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be", "The Desperate People", & "Ordeal by Ice". (Publisher show more Provided) He is one of Canada's most popular & distinguished writers. Through the past five decades he has recorded his experiences in several highly successful books for both adults & children. He has received scores of literary awards & his works have been translated into more than 30 languages. (Publisher Provided) Farley Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on May 12, 1921. During World War II, he fought in the Allied invasion of Sicily. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Captain. He studied at the University of Toronto. Farley was an author, activist, and environmentalist. He wrote more than 40 books during his lifetime including both novels and non-fiction works. His books include Never Cry Wolf, My Father's Son, Otherwise, and Eastern Passage. He received several awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal in 1956, the Governor General's Award for Lost in the Barrens in 1956, the Leacock Medal for Humour for The Boat Who Wouldn't Float in 1970, and the Order of Canada in 1981. He died on May 6, 2014 at the age of 92. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Farley Mowat

Never Cry Wolf (1963) 2,744 copies, 64 reviews
Owls in the Family (1961) 2,000 copies, 28 reviews
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (1957) 1,244 copies, 15 reviews
Lost in the Barrens (1956) 808 copies, 15 reviews
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float (1969) 698 copies, 11 reviews
People of the Deer (1952) 543 copies, 12 reviews
A Whale for the Killing (1972) 513 copies, 11 reviews
And No Birds Sang (1979) 469 copies, 12 reviews
The Snow Walker (1976) 379 copies, 8 reviews
Grey Seas Under (1958) 292 copies, 7 reviews
The Siberians (1970) 291 copies, 5 reviews
The Farfarers: Before the Norse (1998) 273 copies, 4 reviews
The Curse of the Viking Grave (1966) 215 copies, 3 reviews
The Serpent's Coil (1961) 188 copies, 3 reviews
Sea of Slaughter (1984) 186 copies, 2 reviews
The Desperate People (1959) 161 copies, 2 reviews
The Black Joke (1962) 115 copies
Ordeal by Ice (1960) 114 copies, 1 review
The Polar Passion (1967) 107 copies
My Father's Son: Memories of War and Peace (1992) 100 copies, 2 reviews
Walking on the Land (2001) 94 copies, 2 reviews
Tundra (1973) 93 copies
Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World (1995) 85 copies, 1 review
My Discovery of America (1985) 84 copies, 1 review
The Regiment (1973) 76 copies, 2 reviews
No Man's River (2004) 70 copies, 1 review
High Latitudes: An Arctic Journey (2002) 70 copies, 4 reviews
Bay of Spirits: A Love Story (2006) 66 copies, 4 reviews
Otherwise (2008) 56 copies, 2 reviews
The New Founde Land (1989) 52 copies
Canada North (1967) 43 copies
A Farley Mowat Reader (1997) 33 copies
Eastern Passage (2010) 30 copies
Wake of the Great Sealers (1973) 30 copies, 1 review
Lost in the Barrens [1990 film] (1990) — Author — 20 copies
This Rock Within the Sea: a Heritage Lost (1968) 18 copies, 2 reviews
Memoir 2 copies

Associated Works

The Children's Treasury: Best Loved Stories and Poems from Around the World (1987) — Contributor — 151 copies, 2 reviews
The Canadian Children's Treasury (1994) — Contributor — 58 copies
Never Cry Wolf [1983 film] (1983) — Original novel — 36 copies
The Big Book of Favorite Dog Stories (1964) — Foreword; Contributor — 29 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Snow Walker [2003 film] (2005) — Original novel — 19 copies
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contributor — 13 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mowat, Farley
Legal name
Mowat, Farley McGill
Birthdate
1921-05-12
Date of death
2014-05-06
Gender
male
Nationality
Canada
Birthplace
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Place of death
Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
Places of residence
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Newfoundland, Canada
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (pre-teen)
Education
University of Toronto
Occupations
conservationist
author
environmentalist
Relationships
Mowat, Angus (father)
Mowat, Claire (wife)
Organizations
Canadian Army (WWII)
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Awards and honors
National Outdoor Book Award (Lifetime Achievement, 2005)
Order of Canada (Officer, 1981)
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship 'RV Farley Mowat' was named in his honor
Canadian Centennial Medal (1967)
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992) (show all 8)
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
Short biography
Great-great-nephew of Ontario premier Sir Oliver Mowat, Farley McGill Mowat was born on May 12, 1921, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario where he attended Richmond Hill High School. His father, Angus Mowat, who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, became a librarian and enjoyed minor success as a novelist. Farley began writing informally while his family lived in Windsor from 1930–1933. He died, aged 92, at his home in Ontario.

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A serious and sober book about northern native Canadians of the NWT.
 
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sfj2 | 1 other review | Jul 11, 2024 |
As an adolescent, Mowat was one of my favourite authors as a model of Canada, northern life, personal independence and appreciation of nature. This book fits well in that tradition.
 
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sfj2 | 27 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
I found Mowat an exciting read as a child, and the first writer to inspire an interest in being Canadian and environmentally conscious.
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Works
62
Also by
17
Members
13,493
Popularity
#1,721
Rating
4.0
Reviews
240
ISBNs
512
Languages
16
Favorited
35

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