Service, Robert W.


Service, Robert W.

▪ Canadian writer
in full  Robert William Service  
born Jan. 16, 1874, Preston, Lancashire, Eng.
died Sept. 11, 1958, Lancieux, France
 popular verse writer called “the Canadian Kipling” for rollicking ballads of the “frozen North,” notably “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.”

      Service emigrated to Canada in 1894 and, while working for the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Victoria, B.C., was stationed for eight years in the Yukon. He was a newspaper correspondent for the Toronto Star during the Balkan Wars of 1912–13 and an ambulance driver and correspondent during World War I.

      Service's first verse collections, Songs of a Sourdough (1907) and Ballads of a Cheechako (1909), describing life in the Canadian north, were enormously popular. Among his later volumes of verse are Rhymes of a Red Cross Man (1916) and Bar Room Ballads (1940). The Trail of '98 (1910) is a vivid novel of men and conditions in the Klondike. He also wrote two autobiographical works, Ploughman of the Moon (1945) and Harper of Heaven (1948). From 1912 he lived in Europe, mainly on the French Riviera.

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