Born January 27, in modest circumstances
to a Jewish family in Montreal.
Goes to Europe and begins to write.
Marries Cathy Boudreau. They divorce four years later.
Publishes his fourth novel, The Apprenticeship
of Duddy Kravitz, to critical acclaim.
Marries Florence Mann, with whom he has
Returns to live in Montreal to be closer to his
source of inspiration.
Publishes an attack on Quebec nationalism
in Oh Canada! Oh Quebec!: Requiem for a
Divided Country, which sparks a storm of anger
in his native province.
Publishes his masterwork, Barney's Version,
winner of the Giller Prize, the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and the
Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Novel
(Caribbean and Canada).
Dies on July 3 in Montreal.