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Reflection of Nowlan’s Life

There are a lot of parallels in Alden Nowlan’s story Skipper between the characters in the story and Nowlan’s personal life. Patrick Toner noted that Nowlan felt induced to understand himself by writing a fictional story with a world based solely on events and people from his own life.

Alden Nowlan was born into a poor family in Stanley, Nova Scotia, neighboring Mosherville, and not far from the small town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. He lived along a dirty area he would later refer to as Desolation Creek.

His father worked from time to time as a manual worker. The connection between Alden’s father and Rupert Syverson in the story is the alcoholism and obvious content of living in a small village. Both Nolan and the character in the story feared their fathers trying to find ways to please them.

His mother was only 15 years old, when Alden was born. Soon she left the family, abandoning Alden and his younger sister Harriet to the care of their grandmother. The story with Alden’s mother is very parallel to Ethel, Skipper’s mother in the story. Alden’s family discouraged education considering it a waste of time, and Nowlan stopped going to school after only four grades. When he was 14, he went to work in the village sawmill. When he was 16, Alden found a regional library, where he would walk or hitchhike every for eighteen miles to get books. He secretly started to educate himself.

There are many reflections of Nowlan’s life that can be found in the story. Alden created a story that showed his own experiences.

When Alden was 19, he skillfully written CV provided him with a job with Observer, a newspaper in Hartland. While working at the newspaper, Alden strated writing books of poetry, the first one of which was published by Fredericton’s Fiddlehead Poetry Books.

Alden finally settled permanently in New Brunswick. In 1963, he married Claudine Orser, a typesetter, and moved with her and her son, John, whom he adopted to Saint John. He then got a position as the night editor for the Saint John Telegraph Journal and kept on writing poetry. In 1967, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his collection of poems Bread, Wine and Salt was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

In 1966, Alden was diagnosed with throat cancer. Due to his health condition he was forced to quit his job, but at the same time he received a position of Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He was occupying the position until his death on June 27, 1983.

There are a lot of parallels in Alden Nowlan’s story Skipper between the characters in the story and Nowlan’s personal life. Patrick Toner noted that Nowlan felt induced to understand himself by writing a fictional story with a world based solely on events and people from his own life.

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