Roberts was born in Douglas, New Brunswick in 1860, the eldest child of Emma Wetmore Bliss and George Goodridge Roberts, and between the ages of 8 months and 14 years, was raised near the Tantramar Marshes at Sackville.
From 1879 to 1895, Roberts worked as a teacher in Chatham and Frederiction, New Brunswick, as editor of the literary magazine, the Week, and as a professor at the University of King's College, located in Windsor, Nova Scotia. It was during this period that Roberts wrote his two best collections of verse, In Divers Tones (1887) and Songs of the Common Day and Ave! An Ode for the Shelley Centenary (1893). Much of his best poetry in this period was inspired by nature. In this latter work, Roberts recreated Maritime life with vivid sensitivity.
In 1893, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
In 1897, he separated from his wife and family and moved to New York City, where he turned to fiction, especially stories about animals. He also wrote descriptive text for guide books, such as Picturesque Canada. In 1907, he moved to Paris, later moving to London. Roberts served with the British Army during World War I, then later joined the Canadian War Records Office in London.
Charles G. D Roberts was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1898. In 1925, Roberts returned to Canada, moving to Toronto and began writing poetry again. For his contributions to literature, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's first Lorne Pierce Medal in 1926 and was knighted (KCMG) in 1935. He got remarried, to Joan Montgomery, on October 28, 1943 at the age of 83 but became ill and died shortly after in Toronto.
Looking at Animals, Encountering Mystery: The Wild Animal Stories of Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles G.D. Roberts
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