by Kildare Dobbs
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Poet, travel writer, teacher, quiz-show presenter, broadcaster, adventurer - Kildare Dobbs has played many parts, met many people, and been many places. His life journey, marked by frequent diversions and detours, reflects the exuberant eclecticism of the man himself. In Kildare Dobbs: A Writing Life, Dobbs takes us from a gas-lit big-house childhood in 1930s Tipperary, to college days at Cambridge, to commando training and naval service in the Second World War. After a stint as a colonial administrator in Tanganyika, he moved to Canada in 1952, where he became variously an editor at Macmillan, managing editor of Saturday Night magazine, and literary editor of the Toronto Star. This is a self-portrait of a fascinating man of letters driven by a hunger for adventure.
Kildare Dobbs was born in 1923. Running in Paradise, an early memoir, won the Governor General's Award in 1962, and in 2002 he was made writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto. He also received the National Magazine Award for journalism. His The Eleventh Hour: Poems for the New Millennium appeared in 1997.
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