(1928 – 2000)
October 3rd, 2017
Hugh John Blagdon Hood, OC (born in Toronto, Ontario 30 Apr 1928 – died in Montreal, Quebec 1 Aug 2000) was a Canadian novelist, short story writer, essayist and university professor.
Hood was educated in Catholic schools in Toronto and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1955.
Hood wrote 32 books: 17 novels including the 12-volume New Age novel sequence (influenced by Marcel Proust and Anthony Powell), seven volumes of short fiction, and 5 of nonfiction.
He taught English literature at the Université de Montréal. In the early 1970s he and fellow authors Clark Blaise, Raymond Fraser, John Metcalf and Ray Smith formed the well-known Montreal Story Tellers Fiction Performance Group, which popularized the public reading of fiction in Canada. In 1988, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.