Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry

Philip Child

Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry
MacDowell fellowships: 1936, 1950

Philip Albert Child (1898-1978) was a writer and academic from Ontario, Canada. His studies at the Trinity College, University of Toronto were interrupted in 1917 by his service as an artillery officer in the First World War. He completed his B.A. at Trinity College, an affiliated B.A. at Christ's College, Cambridge (1921), and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Child worked as a journalist, settlement house worker, and professor at the University of British Columbia while writing several novels. Child's fiction and poetry reflect a period in Canadian literature when traditional forms and subjects were being affected by radical social and cultural change. Novels such as The Village of Souls (1933) and God's Sparrows (1937) use near-contemporary and historic settings to depict heroes torn between opposing forces. A long poem, The Victorian House (1951), deals with the choice between refurbishing a tradition and discarding it. Child served as president of the Canadian Authors Association in 1946. His novel Mr. Ames Against Time (1949) won the Governor General's Award.



Philip Child worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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