Mordecai Richler


Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on January 27th, 1931 and is the Screenwriter. At the age of 70, Mordecai Richler biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 27, 1931
Place of Birth
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Death Date
Jul 3, 2001 (age 70)
Zodiac Sign
Children's Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer
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Mordecai Richler Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Catherine Boudreau, ​ ​(m. 1954, divorced)​, Florence Isabel Mann (née Wood), ​ ​(m. 1961⁠–⁠2001)​
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Mordecai Richler Life

Mordecai Richler, a Canadian writer born January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian writer.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), and Barney's Version (1997) are two of his best known works.

The Man Booker Award finalists for his 1970 book St. Urbain's Horseman and 1989 book Solomon Gursky We Were Not Here.

He is also known for the Jacob Two-Two children's fantasy book.

Richler wrote several essays about the Jewish people in Canada, as well as Canadian and Quebec nationalism.

Richler's Oh Canada!

Oh Quebec!

(1992) A collection of essays on nationalism and anti-Semitism provoked a lot of controversy.


Mordecai Richler Career

Journalism career

Richler wrote journalistic essays and contributed to The Atlantic Monthly, Look, The American Spectator, and other journals during his career. Richler was a newspaper columnist for The National Post and Montreal's The Gazette in his later years. He authored a monthly book review for Gentlemen's Quarterly in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Richler was often dismissive of Quebec, but he was also concerned about Canadian federalism. The government-subsidized Canadian literary movement of the 1970s and 1980s was another favorite Richler target. Journalism was a vital part of his career, earning him money between novels and films.


Mordecai Richler Awards

Awards and recognition

  • 1969 Governor General's Award for Cocksure and Hunting Tigers Under Glass.
  • 1972 Governor General's Award for St. Urbain's Horseman.
  • 1975 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy for screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
  • 1976 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award: Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
  • 1976 Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
  • 1990 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Solomon Gursky was Here
  • 1995 Mr. Christie's Book Award (for the best English book age 8 to 11) for Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case.
  • 1997 The Giller Prize for Barney's Version.
  • 1998 Canadian Booksellers Associations "Author of the Year" award.
  • 1998 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour for Barney's Version
  • 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Canada & Caribbean region) for Barney's Version
  • 1998 The QSPELL Award for Barney's Version.
  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec.
  • 2001 Companion of the Order of Canada
  • 2004 Number 98 on the CBC's television show about great Canadians, The Greatest Canadian
  • 2004 Barney's Version was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2004, championed by author Zsuzsi Gartner.
  • 2006 Cocksure was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2006, championed by actor and author Scott Thompson
  • 2011 Richler posthumously received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and was inducted at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
  • 2011 In the same month he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, the City of Montreal announced that a gazebo in Mount Royal Park would be refurbished and named in his honour. The structure overlooks Jeanne-Mance Park, where Richler played in his youth.
  • 2015 Richler was given his due as a "citizen of honour" in the city of Montreal. The Mile End Library, in the neighbourhood he portrayed in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, was given his name.